MLB Trade Scenario: The Chances of the Marlins Dealing Hanley at the Deadline

Jeffrey SchmidtCorrespondent IIIJuly 19, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 21:  Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins laughs as he jogs off the field during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Sun Life Stadium on April 21, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Motivation is the driving force by which humans achieve their goals, and Hanley Ramirez doesn't seem to have any of that going on this season. 

Hanley is hitting a dismal .255 so far this season and has only 9 home runs to go along with 41 RBI. 

Ramirez was benched earlier this season when the Marlins hired Jack McKeon to replace Edwin Rodriguez because Jack, didn't like the way Hanley was running the day before. 

The Marlins' shortstop has never hit lower than .292 in a season, and has never hit fewer than 17 homers, but these two streaks are both in jeopardy this season. 

Ramirez is locked up until 2014, which could allow the Marlins to receive a lot of compensation in return for the former Rookie of The Year.

Teams such as the Giants and Cardinals could both be potential suitor's for the shortstop, but the only question for teams is how much they would be willing to give up. 

The Giants have the 20th ranked farm system while the Cardinals have the 17th, which means that either team would have to give up a quality major league player, and most likely, a top level prospect. 

All this being said, if the Marlins do trade Hanley, the fans will lose more interest than they already have. With a new stadium on its way, the Fish need to have the players in place to make it worthwhile for fans to show up.

I believe that Hanley will bounce back and have a great second half of the season, and that if the Marlins were to trade him, it would be a huge mistake. The Marlins have already proved that they can be competitive so look for a quality rest of the year.  

But they will miss the playoffs by a few games.