After Hanley Ramirez, a three-time All-Star officially rejected a $15.3-million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, Mark Saxon of ESPN reported that there has been no talk of signing Ramirez, and the team seems fully prepared to accept its compensatory draft pick for losing the shortstop.

The Dodgers do not have much to replace Ramirez. That is why they have showed interest in Alexei Ramirez from the Chicago White Sox and free agent Jed Lowrie. They could be possible replacements after losing their superstar shortstop. Top position prospect Corey Seager could be an internal option, though the Dodgers aren’t considering him for Opening Day.

Ramirez is reportedly on the top of the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox list, as far as free agents go. However, the Mariners are also looking to go after designated hitter Victor Martinez.

Ramirez, who’ll turn 31 in December, posted a .283/.369/.448 slash with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs with the Dodgers this past season.

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  1. AuburnDodgerFan

    Not exactly groundbreaking news. The new thinking of the Dodger front office is to not sign players who already are or will soon be past their primes to long term contracts. Not to mention they want to focus more on defense; and Hanley’s defense isn’t exactly stellar. They’d take Hanley back, but only on a short term, team friendly deal.
    Without that, they’ll look elsewhere to fill the void. Translation: Hanley is very likely wearing a different uniform come spring training.

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