Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest indicated it’s likely — but not certain — Hanley Ramirez will remain with the team after the expected signing of shortstop Jose Reyes.
Beinfest was circumspect in discussing his plans Monday, since the team has yet to formally announce Reyes’ six-year, $106 million contract. But when asked how the signing of a new shortstop would impact Ramirez, the incumbent shortstop, Beinfest said: “If something like that happened, he would change positions. If and when we acquire a shortstop, we’ll address that. Hanley wants to win. We’d like to provide the pieces around him to help him win.”
Ramirez has a strong preference to remain at shortstop, sources say, but he intends to handle the matter with the Marlins professionally. He has not requested a trade. One major league source said Ramirez is likely to move to third base.
Beinfest was asked if Ramirez had suggested he would prefer a trade to switching positions.
“Whatever Hanley and I talk about, we’ll keep between Hanley and I,” Beinfest said. “I can only tell you he wants to win. We’re going to try to help him out.”
Asked if he envisions Ramirez on his Opening Day roster in 2012, Beinfest replied, “I’m not going to talk specifically about players, if they’re going to be here or not.”
If the Marlins were to make Ramirez available via trade, the Braves, Red Sox, Astros, Brewers, Phillies, Cardinals, Giants and Mariners are among the teams that could upgrade at shortstop.
— Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal