Hanley Ramirez willing to play “wherever there’s a need,” including third base

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Free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez is willing to play “wherever there’s a need,” Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Ostensibly, this means he would be willing to play third base if necessary, but perhaps also corner outfield or first base. This should increase the pool of interested teams, which may help Ramirez negotiate a few extra million dollars or another year on his next contract.

Ramirez, who turns 31 in December, hit .283/.369/.448 with 13 home runs, 71 RBI, and 14 stolen bases this past season. He dealt with a handful of nagging injuries, but landed on the disabled list only once with an oblique strain in August. The shortstop finished out a six-year, $70 million extension signed originally with the Marlins in May 2008.