MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers “aggressively pursuing” Alexei Ramirez

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to swap Ramirez’s at shortstop. Considering it’s highly unlikely that Hanley Ramirez will be back in Los Angeles next season, the Dodgers are looking to another shortstop. Alexei Ramirez is at the top of the list for the Dodgers. Alexei, who has a year left on his contract had a very solid 2014 season, he had a batting line of .273/.305/.408, and finished the season with an All-Star Game appearance and a Silver Slugger Award.

Hanley Ramirez is reported to be seeking a $100 million deal, and since he’s only 30, there’s a good chance he’ll get it. Hanley had a significant dip from two seasons ago to last season, although very productive, Alexei will want much less. Hanley’s batting line was .283/.369/.448.The biggest difference between them is their ability to get on base, Hanley is much better at drawing walks. Although important, another $100 million contract for the Dodgers would be a problem. What the Dodgers would lose in power and OBP, they’d gain in defense and base stealing ability, oh and reliability, Hanley’s ability to stay healthy has been a problem. Alexei is entering the final year of his four-year, $32.5 million contract that has a team option of $10 million attached to it for the 2016 season.

The New York Yankees are also rumored to have interest in Alexei Ramirez, but as of right now there isn’t much happening on that end. Depending on what the Dodgers would have to give up, acquiring Alexei Ramirez would benefit them, financially and statistically.

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