What would it take to pry Alexei Ramirez away from the White Sox?

Posted: November 6, 2014 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanimages

The Mets have interest in White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez according to CBS Chicago’s Bruce Levine. Ramirez, 33, hit .273 with a .305 OBP along with 15 homers and 74 RBI in 2014. The Mets would love to add a shortstop along with a right-handed bat to the lineup so it should come as no surprise that the Mets were among the teams to check in on Ramirez.

Ramirez has spent his entire seven year major league career with the White Sox and has $10 million owed to him in 2015 along with a $10 million option for 2016.

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.

The Mets aren’t going to get away with simply offering Dillon Gee for Ramirez, the White Sox are going to want a top pitching prospect from the Mets to pry away the 2014 All-Star. The White Sox don’t have an internal option to replace Ramirez at short so they don’t have to trade him.

Plus with the Mets already over budget, before signing any player to a major league deal, Ramirez’s ten million owed in 2015 has to also be a factor.

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