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Aramis Ramirez “clearly is on the Marlins’ radar”

Sep 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Last week Aramis Ramirez explained that he’ll be looking for a multi-year contract as a free agent if the Cubs do as expected and decline his $16 million option for next season and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins figure to be one of his strongest suitors.

Frisaro calls Ramirez “one of the more realistic big names that clearly is on the Marlins’ radar” and speculates that they envision an infield with Ramirez at third base, Hanley Ramirez at shortstop, Omar Infante at second base, and Gaby Sanchez at first base.

Of course, Frisaro also writes that “Ramirez would bring an established defensive presence” and he’s pretty terrible defensively, posting a below average Ultimate Zone Rating in each of the past four seasons.

Matt Dominguez has been viewed as the Marlins’ long-term answer at third base. He may not be quite MLB-ready yet, but certainly would be before a two- or three-year deal for the 33-year-old Ramirez expired.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Sep 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Of course, Frisaro also writes that “Ramirez would bring an established defensive presence”

    Well of COURSE he would bring an established defensive presence. He’s already established he can’t defensively man the hot corner. That’s certainty in baseball for you. At least the Marlins know what to expect.

    • Old Gator - Sep 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM

      The thing is, the Feesh haven’t had a real third baseman since Mike Lowell – and the front orifice is correct in doubting the readiness of Matt Dominguez, the “defensive wizard” who has been rising through the organizing for what seems like forever like a diamond in a future kimberlite pipe. There are a couple of problems: Dominguez doesn’t hit very well, minor league pitching included. And though he has sure hands – I had a girlfriend like that once but never mind – he’s not very fast. In fact, he needed extensive surgery at birth to remove a set of caterpillar treads from below each ankle, but they seem to have grown back in the meantime, like a lizard’s tail. Ergo, his quickness to either side is kinda limited – if you hit something right at him he’ll get it and throw accurately to second, first or home much unlike his recent predecessors. Hit it more than a step or two to his left and you gotta depend on Tweeter and his gimpy knee to go fetch it. It doesn’t take much to be a defensive wizard at third for the Feesh when you consider what the last five years have been like.

      And I am opposed in principle to bringing in anyone from the Cubs because they’re probably infected with that prion-vectored neurological disease from Indonesia, Die Vloek van der Geitbok.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 19, 2011 at 3:14 PM

        Dammit Gator, people ALREADY give me weird looks at the office, strange fits of laughter only compounds the problem.

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