Mets could look at Alexei Ramirez as a long term solution

Posted: June 28, 2013 in News, Opinion

By Steven Inmanuntitled

In a recent article Jon Heyman of CBSsports reports that an executive told him that the Mets could look at White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez as a long term answer at shortstop this offseason.

Heyman doesn’t detail if the Mets would trade for Ramirez now or in the offseason.

“Rivals say the White Sox are taking a very reasonable approach in terms of where they stand this year”  Heyman writes.

Ramirez, 31, is a veteran player who could be a nice stop gap option for the Mets while he is still in his prime.

Ramirez has hit 15 homers or more 4 times since 2008 but somehow only has one this year. Ramirez has also battled defensive issues this season with 12 errors. untitled

I believe Ramirez is just having a down year and is just not prepared to play on a terrible team for the first time in his career. A lot of players struggle staying focused after so many winning seasons.

I would trade for Ramirez as I believe the Mets have to upgrade shortstop this winter. Ruben Tejada has badly struggled this season and has missed a large chunk of games in two straight seasons now.

Ramirez has two years left on his deal with a club option after this season after signing a four year deal for 32.5 million a few winters ago.

Ramirez on a two year deal for around 16 million would make a lot of sense if Ramirez can turn around his defensive issues.

It seems as if the Mets and White Sox could be a match as the Mets should also have interest in RF Alex Rios.

Do you think the Mets need to upgrade shortstop this winter?

  1. Michael Young says:

    Steve – After last night’s deflating loss by the BP the Mets need more than Ramirez at SS but it is an interesting story. Alderson needs to keep moving so that the Mets don’t keep standing still as their back wheels just keep spinning around and around. So I say “Yes” make the trade. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Yeah Mike I know you are frustrated, we all are but deals are just not done in June, if the Mets get Ramirez or an outfielder it wont happen until within a day or two of the July 31st trade deadline.-Steve

  2. […] I wrote about the Mets interest in Ramirez over the summer. You can check that out here. […]

  3. […] BrokeMets wrote about how Ramirez would have been a very nice option for the Mets at short about a year and a half ago. Now, not as much as Ramirez is 33 years old and will cost a pretty penny in prospects since so many other teams such as the Yankees and Dodgers will be looking for a shortstop this winter as well. […]

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