White Sox haven’t ruled out re-signing Alexei Ramirez

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Last week the White Sox parted ways with their longtime starting shortstop Alexei Ramirez by declining his $10 million option for 2016, making him a free agent.

However, general manager Rick Hahn told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that the team has not ruled out re-signing Ramirez at a lesser salary.

Essentially the decision made is we weren’t going to pay Alexei $10 million for 2016. We haven’t closed the door on potentially bringing Alexei back. He served us extremely well for eight years in a White Sox uniform and obviously middle infield is a position of interest for us going into the offseason. We’ll continue talking to his guy. Nothing has been shut for the future just yet.

As usual the free agent shortstop market is a very thin one, so it wouldn’t be surprising if several teams pursued Ramirez with multi-year contract offers. He struggled in 2015 and is 34 years old, but has a lengthy track record of being an above-average all-around shortstop with decent power.

Tyler Saladino is the top in-house option to replace Ramirez in Chicago.