Acquired in a seven player deal from the Boston Red Sox, Hanley burst onto the scene with the Marlins in 2006 (Rookie of the Year Award).
Prior to the trade he was considered the Red Sox best prospect and with the Marlins looking to dump payroll they worked out a deal to acquire the talented shortstop.
Along with Ramirez the Marlins also received three more prospects; one of them Anibal Sanchez. The Red Sox in return acquired Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, and Guillermo Mota.
At the time many criticized the Marlins organization warning against the end result. ESPN baseball insider Buster Olney had this to say:
"...there is always a larger price when you go about the business of conducting a fire sale in baseball, and the Marlins are barreling down that course."
Barrel down they did, and at full speed. One could argue however, in this case, the end result proved favorable for the Marlins.
Ask General Managers around the league who they would prefer starting a franchise with, and the top two players mentioned are: Hanley Ramirez and Joe Mauer.
Marlins fans should be ecstatic knowing they have one of those two players and he is signed past the 2014 season.
Hanley Ramirez's career numbers (as of August 13th) :
.312 BA/119 HR/372 RBI/186 SB