Because Ramirez is such a unique player with the skills to be a superstar, he would likely be in high demand. Teams such as the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers could all use a shortstop like Ramirez.
Other teams who already have shortstops such as the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox could also become interested—simply because of Ramirez's high skill level.
Miami could even see mid-market suitors like the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays jump into the mix—simply because Ramirez is under control through 2014.
There is no doubt that the list of suitors is long. The only question is how many teams would be willing to part with their top prospects to get a player of Ramirez's caliber.
It would be beneficial to the Marlins to at least shop Ramirez around and see what they could get. The more years that are left on his contract, the higher the amount of value that they could get in return. If the Marlins do not plan on bringing him back after 2014, and he truly does want out of Miami in order to continue playing shortstop, then there is no reason to let that value decline.
While Ramirez may be a big cog in the Marlins machine, he may be one piece that when removed, helps the entire machine work better both now and in the future.