The Astros and Brett Anderson:
This seems far more humane than all of that “aggressive” business the Dodgers and Marlins have been up to.
Astros: You doin’ OK, Brett?
Brett Anderson: Yeah, I’m alright.
Astros: Can we get anything for you, big guy? You thirsty?
Brett Anderson: No, I’m good. But thanks.
Astros: You, just checking in. Night, champ.
Much, much more pleasant, no?
As for Anderson: he was the A’s Opening Day starter in 2013. And he has the stuff to where he could easily be a front line starter again. It’s just a matter of him staying healthy. I presume the gamble on him won’t cost a ton, and certainly could pay off big.
In looking to replace free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez the Dodgers are “aggressively pursuing” White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, according to Bob Nightingale of USA Today.
Ramirez had a bounceback year offensively, hitting .273 with 15 homers and a .713 OPS in 158 games and has been one of the most durable players in baseball, but at age 33 his defense has slipped and he’s owed $10 million for 2015 plus a $10 million option or $1 million buyout for 2016.
Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports that the White Sox have heard from “numerous” teams regarding the availability of shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The Mets, Yankees, and Dodgers are among the teams in the hunt. All three teams have a clear need at shortstop, though Levine notes that the Mets have the young starting pitching that the White Sox would covet.
Ramirez, 33, batted .273/.305/.408 with 15 home runs, 73 RBI, and 21 stolen bases over 158 games this season and carries the reputation as a strong defender. He was selected to his first All-Star team back in July and he took home his second career Silver Slugger Award earlier this evening. His contract is quite reasonable, as he’s owed $10 million next season and has a $10 million team option for 2016 or a $1 million buyout. As a result, the White Sox should expect a strong market for his services as teams consider free agent shortstops Hanley Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jed Lowrie, and Stephen Drew.
The White Sox don’t have an obvious in-house replacement if Ramirez is moved, but 2013 first-round pick Tim Anderson is in the minor league pipeline.