Rojas Source: Hanley Prefers Trade Over Position Change

WEDNESDAY: The Marlins have every intention of Hanley being their third baseman next year, president Larry Beinfest said at today's Jose Reyes press conference.

TUESDAY: Hanley Ramirez isn't on board with the idea of moving to third base and would rather be traded than switch positions, a "credible source" told Enrique Rojas at ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com (link in Spanish).

"Hanley doesn't want to play third base and the Marlins were informed of that," the source told Rojas. "Rather than ask for a trade, what he has done is to inform (the team) that he does not want to play another position other than shortstop." Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post has also verified with a Marlins official that Ramirez did not ask to be traded (Twitter link).

Ramirez's agent Andy Mota told Rojas he had no comment about the situation, but the player himself posted a resigned-sounding Tweet this morning, saying, "What I am gonna do is work hard and get ready for next season because that is the only thing I can control I love y'all!!!!"

Rojas also spoke with Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen yesterday in Dallas, and the skipper said he had spoken with Ramirez before Reyes was signed and plans to revisit the discussion soon. "He has to understand what is best for the club, and he'll be a better player with those two guys [Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio] in front of him in the lineup," Guillen said. "The last thing we would do is smack the kid and tell him, 'You've got to move.' That's not the way… I think the boy will have the opportunity to be an All-Star third baseman. We have the opportunity to have two all stars in those positions."

Both owner Jeffrey Loria and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest suggested recently that Ramirez would ultimately defer to Reyes, and that a trade wasn't on the table. A week ago, before Reyes had signed, Ramirez expressed deference toward the possibility in an appearance on Dominican TV, saying "the front office has the last word." Ramirez played just three games worth of third base while in the Red Sox system, most recently in 2005. His -4.8 UZR in 2011 was firmly in the bottom half of NL shortstops, directly behind Reyes and in front of Bonifacio, who took over the six-hole when Ramirez underwent shoulder surgery in August.


271 Responses to Rojas Source: Hanley Prefers Trade Over Position Change Leave a Reply

  1. Braves_Fan_001 4 years ago

    Come on Braves, snatch him up!  Would be funny to take two major pieces from a division rival in consecutive off-seasons.  I wonder if he’d get along with Fredi any better in Atlanta than he did in Florida.

  2. sherrilltradedooverexperience 4 years ago

    it would be great if the fish traded him to the mets straight up for david wright

  3. slider32 4 years ago

    The Marlins are in the driver’s seat with Hanley. They can move him to third or trade him for a boat load of talent. Either way, the Marlins win.

  4. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Does anyone else hope this ends in a situation similar to that scene in Major League 2 where Dorn refuses to come in for a pinch runner? I’m just picturing Hanley just kind of standing next to Reyes for entire innings at a time.

  5. feztonio 4 years ago

    Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez were the only two bonafide studs the marlins have;  going so hard and getting reyes to play SS seems like a goof on their part.  they have soooo many pressing needs yet they signed someone who played the only position they were actually covered with an all-star calibur player. 

    i know they want to spend like the yankees and be a big deal but talk about wasted money. ramirez is even a year younger than reyes so it’s not like they can say ‘well we were going younger with reyes’.  

    much like reyes old team -the mets-  have hopefully learned.. throwing a ton of money around doesn’t necessarily make you a better team.  ask washington after they got werth last offseason how that worked out?

  6. How about Hanley to Mets for Wright??? The mets need a shortstop, marlins need a 3B. Its going to take more than wright, maybe a midlevel prospect or 2, but mets have a few decent prospects to offer.

  7. TheodoreRoosevelt 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t bet on it. Enrique Rojas has a track record for breaking stories concerning latin players. I assume that when Rojas speaks, it is on behalf of the player in question.

  8. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    I’d love to see a Fredi/Hanley reunion.

    As if the Hanley situation in Miami wasn’t enough of a circus…

  9. Personal experience?

  10. Silence 4 years ago

    If this is true, screw Rollins, trade Dom Brown, Blanton(with eating up his contract) and another prospect for Hanley. He’ll hustle in Philly, the ballpark is small so he doesn’t have to move far lol.

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