The Los Angeles Dodgers have remained noncommittal on the idea of re-signing shortstop Hanley Ramirez, opening the door for other teams to make an offer to the enigmatic infielder.
According to several reports which surfaced on Sunday night, the Boston Red Sox could be looking to land both Ramirez and free-agent third baseman (and perhaps former San Francisco Giant) Pablo Sandoval in one fell swoop over the next couple weeks.
As Brian Macpherson of the Providence Journal points out, "Red Sox GM Ben Cherington "has said that he expects Xander Bogaerts to be his shortstop, and Ramirez is a subpar defensive shortstop. But if Sandoval comes on board as well, there wouldn’t be a fit for Ramirez at third base, either. More likely would be a shift of Ramirez to left field, where his bat still would play, which would require the trade of at least one of the outfielders now on the team’s roster."
The 30-year-old Ramirez's attitude has come into question at points during his time in Los Angeles, along with recent concerns about his durability that have popped up.
If the Red Sox are adamant about breaking the bank on both Ramirez and Sandoval, the Dodgers could very well wash their hands and move on from Ramirez going forward.
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