There are going to be a lot more of these this evening, but we’re trying to keep you apprised of the more significant ones. Like this:
The Dodgers have extended a qualifying offer to shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 3, 2014
Ramirez looks to be one of the more interesting free agents on the market. He hits when he’s healthy. Indeed, he hits better than almost every shortstop in baseball when he’s healthy. Except (a) he’s not healthy that often; and (b) he may not be a viable shortstop anymore. Or at least for much longer given his defensive trends.
Some team, perhaps the Yankees, could be in interesting fit for him, with him starting out as a shortstop and then transitioning to third over time. The bat may be worth it. Whether the first round pick attached to him would be worth it is another question altogether.