The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired a Ramirez it didn’t turn out so well.
In 2008, the Dodgers acquired Manny Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox, and he even though he put up great numbers on the west coast, he was suspended in 2009 for violating baseball’s drug policy.
This week the Dodgers acquired another Ramirez (Hanley from the Marlins, no relation) in an attempt to beat the San Francisco Giants and win the National League West.
Ramirez, who is a natural shortstop, moved over to third base when the Florida Marlins acquired Jose Reyes from the New York Mets in the offseason. The experiment that worked great for the Yankees a few years ago (with the acquisition of shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who moved to third base) didn’t work in Florida.
It is interesting that so far Ramirez continues to play third and Luis Cruz continues to play shortstop.
In another move this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates seem very serious about contending in the National League Central for the first time in two decades. This week they acquired Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros. Rodriguez, who has won a career high 14 games in his career, had a very good earned run average of 3.79 despite getting no run support in Houston this season,