The Miami Marlins could be in full fire-sale mode over the next week, and Monday’s trade of second baseman Omar Infante and starter Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers could only be the start. CBS Sports baseball columnist Scott Miller reported that the Marlins might be open to trading third baseman Hanley Ramirez. From Miller’s report:
Rival executives who have spoken with Marlins people believe they’ve never been more open to the idea. Halfway through a bitterly disappointing season, the Marlins aren’t so much trying to blow things up (as they have in the past) as they are simply trying to change the ingredients. [...]
Clubs who have spoken with the Marlins think more moves will follow, sources tell CBSSports.com. There is a strong belief that the Marlins would like to deal Ramirez, who has not produced under first-year manager Ozzie Guillen the way they hoped he would.
Ramirez has been somewhat of a disappointment both on and off the field in his first season under Guillen. He has continued his sluggish pace from last season, batting just .246 with a .322 on-base percentage. He has 14 homers and 47 RBI in 92 games.
On top of that, Ramirez hasn’t played since Friday after developing an infection in his hand, which he cut just before the All-Star break when punching a cooling fan in the Marlins dugout. Miller noted that Guillen didn’t think Ramirez’s injury showed much sign of maturity at the time.
“Very stupid injury. Very immature. You’re going to hurt yourself because you can’t hit? Good hitters don’t do that. Good hitters battle back and try to get better.”
After this season, Ramirez has two years and $31.5 million left on his contract.