There are, of course, a million rumours coming out from these Winter Meetings. One of the most prominent is that Hanley Ramirez does not want to play 3B. With the signing of Jose Reyes, Hanley also, according to Buster Olney, says that he also wants to restructure his contract.
“Marlins upset with Hanley, because gives his subpar year in ’11, they were greatly surprised he wants more money to change positions.”
So if Hanley wasn’t on the market before, he definitely is now. Do you think it is possible to make a big push for him in a trade and take him right now? I think so.
In comes AA.
The Jays are definitely looking for a 2B. If they traded for Hanley, then they would easily move Yunel to second and give Hanley what he wants at SS. I am sure both Escobar and Hanley would love to turn double plays together and bat 1-2 in a feared offensive lineup.
As was the case with YE, Hanley's attitude could be 'cured' in this clubhouse and the organization could get him to focus on being an exceptional athlete and top notch SS.
Kelly Johnson did accept arbitration (I believe much to the segrin of AA as he wants those compensatory picks) but as a caveat AA stated that KJ could play LF for the Jays, leaving 2B a possible position of need.
The Blue Jays definitely have the assets to grab one of the best players in the game. Hanley is always a top 3-5 pick in every fantasy baseball league, and of course that means he is one of the top five players in the league…. right?
Anyway, I think AA should seriously look into acquiring Hanley from the Marlins for perhaps a young arm and a prospect or two. I am not going to speculate on what deal we could offer for Hanley, I'll leave that to AA.
Acquiring Hanley would 1. solve our 2B issue 2. Make our lineup scary good 3. At age 27, is in the prime of his career and could be rejuvenated with a change of scenery.
Just think of the possibilities if we acquired Hanley, especially with him being protected by the Hank Aaron Award winner in our line-up.