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Could Hanley Ramirez and Freddi Gonzalez reunite in Atlanta.
With a gaping hole at shortstop and a need for run producers, the Braves can certainly use Hanley Ramirez. As a financially limited team with a past history of trading expensive stars to re-load their farm system, the Marlins are a potential match.
When healthy, Ramirez has shown the ability to win batting titles, hit more than 30 homers, steal 50 bases, and drive in more than 100 runs. Those are rare abilities for anyone, let alone a shortstop.
Ramirez is coming off a career worst season in 2011 after hitting .243/.333/.379 with 10 homers and 45 runs batted in and also has some question marks after battling injuries for the bulk of the year. Ramirez is also a guy who has seen his isolated power decline each year since his 2008 season despite only being 27 years old. Most importantly, Ramirez and manager Freddi Gonzalez had a well publicized fight over the lack of effort from the star in 2010, and that led to Gonzalez losing his job in Florida.
Ramirez would likely cost the Braves a Julio Teheran or Randall Delgado along with a second tier pitcher like Brandon Beachy or Mike Minor and a hitter such as Martin Prado, but if he can return to form under former manager Gonzalez, he could be a steal.
If the Braves get Ramirez and he and Gonzalez can work things out, Ramirez will be motivated to show he can come back from injury and regain his top form. He'd also become a long-term answer at the position and offer versatility to the lineup since he could bat either at the top or in the middle of the order.