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.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.