White Sox decline $10 million option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez


In one of the few option calls that could have gone either way, the White Sox have declined their $10 million option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez and will instead buy him out for $1 million.

Ramirez was really bad this season, hitting just .249 with 10 homers and a career-worst .642 OPS in 154 games and at age 34 it’s tough to count on his defense being an asset. With that said, he posted a decent .713 OPS with 15 homers in 2014 and it’s tough to find shortstop upgrades on the open market. He’s been Chicago’s starter since 2008.

Ramirez may not get $10 million for 2016 as a free agent, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a multi-year deal for more overall money simply because the position is always so tough to fill. If a contending team thinks he’s still a plus on defense Ramirez has generally been an average or better hitter compared to other shortstops.