Soon after the signing of Jose Reyes, rumors began to swirl that Marlins superstar Hanley Ramirez was disgruntled by the signing and wanted to be traded. While Hanley himself seemed to shoot down the rumors via Twitter, many fans and analysts seem to believe that Ramirez truly wants out of Miami.
Ramirez is no doubt an All-Star quality player. In fact, he is the sort of player that can completely change the face of a franchise. His rare combination of contact, power and speed would make him a hot commodity on the trade market.
Here are some reasons as to why the new look Miami Marlins should trade Hanley Ramirez.
One of the most noted issues with Hanley Ramirez is his attitude on and off the field. It is common belief that he does not give his full effort while playing, and this can rub off on other players in a negative way. In the past, teammates such as Dan Uggla and Logan Morrison have clashed with Ramirez and his attitude problems.
Since the Marlins are attempting to create a new, electric atmosphere to go along with a new stadium, they may be better off shedding themselves of such a problem.
While players such as Milton Bradley and Carlos Zambrano have lost nearly all value because of their attitude problems, there is reason to believe that Hanley Ramirez is simply a misguided young player in need of a veteran mentor and an experienced manager.
For many years, the Marlins have largely been made up of young players and have lacked that veteran mentor that Ramirez likely needs in order to reach his full potential.
As of now, the Marlins are asking Ramirez to shift to third base. Instead of shifting the 28-year-old player to third base, they should deal him because he is a very rare commodity.
In today's game, there are not many shortstops with the offensive prowess that Ramirez has. In fact, only two shortstops—Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki and new teammate Jose Reyes—may even compare. Some would say that if Ramirez would consistently play with 100 percent of his ability, that he could be far and away the best shortstop and quite possibly the best player in baseball.
Why waste such a rare commodity by moving him from shortstop to third base?
Ramirez will likely be in high demand because of his ability to play shortstop, and because of the lack of offensive shortstops around Major League Baseball. This would surely give the Miami Marlins a great amount of leverage when attempting to trade Ramirez. With Tulowitzki and Reyes locked up long term, Ramirez could become quite easily the best option available to any team that could meet the Marlins' demands.
Just imagine the sort of players the Marlins could get in return for three-time All-Star, Ramirez. On December 17, 2011 the Cincinnati Reds dealt Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger in exchange for San Diego Padres starter Mat Latos. One can guarantee that any deal involving Ramirez would bring back a much larger haul than that.
Should a team bite, Ramirez is the sort of player that could bring back a prospect like Mike Trout, Julio Teheran, Jacob Turner or Manny Machado, among others. These sorts of prospects would only be one player in a package that could include many more prospects and major league level players.
There is no doubt that a package of prospects in return for Ramirez could greatly improve the Marlins' farm system and give them the depth and promise that could keep them competitive for many years to come.
Obviously by dealing Ramirez, the Marlins would be detracting from their newly improved offense but in the long run, this may be the best thing for the team, the organization and the fans.
In addition to bringing in numerous top prospects, any package involving Ramirez could also bring in a quality arm for the Marlins' rotation. While the Marlins have an explosive lineup even without Ramirez, their pitching staff seems to be lacking a bit especially with the constant injury concerns that surround Josh Johnson and the inconsistency of the back end of the rotation.
While Ramirez could bring in young starters like Teheran and Turner, he could also bring in a more experienced starter like Clay Buchholz, should the Red Sox be willing to part with him.
A solid third starter could really put the Marlins over the top and help them to compete with the "big three" in Philadelphia. With a solid top three in the rotation and their current lineup (minus Ramirez), the Marlins could become one of the most feared teams in the National League and could be the early favorites to win the National League pennant.
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.
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.