NL West Notes: Hanley, Kemp, Ross, Rosario

It was on this day in 1890 that the Dodgers (then playing in Brooklyn and using the rather non-intimidating “Bridegrooms” nickname) swept a triple-header over the Pirates.  This was one of the season’s many highlights for the Dod..er, Bridegrooms as they went on to win the franchise’s first National League pennant.

Here’s some news from around the NL West…

  • If Hanley Ramirez leaves the Dodgers in free agency, it could be for an American League team that could give him the occasional rest day at DH, Peter Gammons writes.  Ramirez could also go to a team in need of third base help if he’s willing to switch positions.  As recently reported, the Dodgers are wary of giving Ramirez a long-term contract due to concerns about his durability and defense.
  • Ramirez’s departure would also make it very unlikely that the Dodgers would trade Matt Kemp, Gammons adds.  Without Ramirez, the Dodgers will need Kemp to help balance a lineup that would have only one other notable right-handed bat in Yasiel Puig.
  • Cody Ross knows he’ll be fighting for playing time with the Diamondbacks next season, but the veteran outfielder tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he plans to be fully recovered from the career-threatening hip fracture he suffered in August 2013.
  • The Rockies could use an upgrade at catcher next season, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post opines.  Wilin Rosario has struggled with injuries and performance this season, plus his defense is still a work in progress; Saunders thinks that Rosario’s focus on his glovework may have also been a reason for his dropoff at the plate.  Rosario will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason.


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16 Comments on "NL West Notes: Hanley, Kemp, Ross, Rosario"


Dodgersbaseballfan
11 months 3 days ago

Ramirez gone, Guerrero in, Ethier and Crawford gone (or just Crawford and have Ethier as a backup) and Pederson up. Would they move Dee to short again? And where would Pederson play?

11 months 3 days ago

There’s no way they manage to move both Ethier and Crawford.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
11 months 3 days ago

Explain.

Jesus Gutierrez
11 months 3 days ago

what is their to explain both are own tons of money you can only move one i feel without eating so much money, unless you swap a horrible contract with another

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
11 months 3 days ago

This is not an explanation. Think of both of these players as if they were free agents at the end of the season, and work from there.

Dodgersbaseballfan
11 months 3 days ago

They can afford to eat contrants

Mark Kelevara
11 months 3 days ago

I’m sure they’d rather keep Gordon at 2B and perhaps move Guerrero back to SS. Who knows though, with Erisbel Arruebarruena (5-yr, $25 mil) also in the mix we have some SS/2B depth now… I wonder if any of the 3 would be used as a trade chip moving forward? Also, I’d rather keep Crawford and move Either. Either has really been bad for us this season and as much as I wanna root for the guy sometimes you just have to give the good ol’ “change of scenery” move a try and trade the guy.

Jesus Gutierrez
11 months 3 days ago

guerreros played 4 games a SS im sure he isnt any better then Dee but i guess cant be any worse then Hanley lol

Dodgersbaseballfan
11 months 3 days ago

I’ve heard arrembuana or whatever is the same as sellers, just more money

Since_77
11 months 3 days ago

Looks like Gammons thinks Hanley Ramirez is a fit for the Yankees. Very unlikey that A-Rod would play 3B full time in 2015. Jeter’s replacement Ramirez or J.J. Hardy.

josebatista89
11 months 3 days ago

A Rod is playing 3rd, Hanely will play short.

Jesus Gutierrez
11 months 3 days ago

i forgot A-rod comes back ……

josebatista89
11 months 3 days ago

The Mets could use one of these three Kemp, Either, Crawford.

Jake
11 months 3 days ago

I’m sure if the Mets were willing to take most of Ethier’s contract the Dodgers would be happy to swap him for a bag of popcorn!

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
11 months 3 days ago

Welcome to the party, Peter Gammons. The chances of Hanley signing with any NL team next year forward were always close to zero — injuries or otherwise, defense issues or otherwise. Trading Kemp was also always highly unlikely, and becomes even less likely now as he is finally coming back from the injuries that wrecked his 2012 and 2013 seasons (note the lack of connection to Hanley). Finally, Hanley has already said that he doesn’t mind playing 3B. He just doesn’t want to be switched back and forth.

MarinersRoyalsBraves2014
11 months 2 days ago

Dodgers would be dumb to eat any of Hanley’s contract to help out the Yankees, or any other team! Wishful thinking, though! Unless Colletti is conspiring with the Yankees? Hanley would have been the N.L. M.V.P. in 2014, if he hadn’t gotten hurt in the World Baseball Classic! Magic Johnson probably calls the shots, and I don’t think he will want to get rid of Hanley, he is almost as good as Jeter.