The Dodgers’ decision-makers must be overjoyed with what they’ve seen from Hanley Ramirez since his arrival from the Marlins at last month’s deadline.
The 28-year-old shortstop and third baseman belted two home runs and finished with four RBI in Los Angeles’ 6-2 defeat of the Braves on Saturday night in Atlanta. He’s now batting .330/.392/.549 with four homers and 27 RBI in 23 games with his new team, and has a 1.025 OPS so far in the month of August.
Ramirez was sporting a weak .246/.322/.428 slash line in 395 plate appearances with the Marlins before the four-player trade, which sent 22-year-old starter Nathan Eovaldi and relief prospect Scott McGough to Miami. Randy Choate followed Ramirez out west.
Eovaldi looked sharp while tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Rockies, but Ramirez is capable of making the Dodgers a big winner if he can keep this pace. L.A. has won 10 of its last 15 and will enter play Sunday just a half-game back of the Giants for first place in the National League West.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.