Marlins were “measuring what might be out there” in a trade for Hanley Ramirez


Last week after the Marlins signed Jose Reyes there were conflicting reports from big-name reporters about the likelihood of Hanley Ramirez being traded.

Now that the dust has settled a bit Joe Frisaro of–who had the correct information on Miami’s offer to Albert Pujols when others were passing around an inflated total–reports that the Marlins “didn’t initiate conversation” with teams for Ramirez but “were measuring what might be out there should they decide to shop” him.

Frisaro adds that “the Marlins have no intentions of trading Ramirez” and “they are hoping he makes a smooth transition to third base.”

They can hope that all day, of course, but if Ramirez is unhappy about the notion of being a full-time third baseman while Reyes plays shortstop it seems pretty clear that the Marlins will step up their efforts to deal him. It all hinges on Ramirez’s acceptance of a new position and right now no one, including Ramirez, seems to know exactly what his stance on that will be by the time everyone arrives at spring training.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.