Baltimore Orioles: Signing Hanley Ramirez Would Be A Smart Move
After the Boston Red Sox cut ties with Hanley Ramirez, there are rumors connecting the Baltimore Orioles to the slugger. If the O’s brought in the former Red Sox star, it would be a good move for several reasons.
First, it gives Baltimore another veteran in their everyday lineup. Ramirez posted a .254 batting average, 6 homers and 29 runs batted in with Boston this season. Baltimore has a team batting average of .231 as Chris Davis (.154), Trey Mancini (.229) and Johnathan School (.238) are all having below average campaigns.
Secondly, the O’s could use Hanley Ramirez as a trade chip as teams could always use an extra hitter, especially during the playoffs. Baltimore has to start rebuilding and finding ways to flip players one way or another.
Third, Ramirez gives O’s fans another good hitter to watch during the summer. This isn’t the biggest attraction, but when New York and Boston are trotting out powerful lineups on a daily basis it can be nice to have a fierce lineup of your own.
Ramirez is a three-time all-star who has a .380 average in 80 playoff at-bats. Contenders should absolutely keep the slugger in mind when searching for a veteran bat this deadline period before the postseason comes around the corner. The Orioles have a need for pitching first and foremost and to worry about hitting depth would seem silly of course. However, Baltimore isn’t loaded with good trade chips.
Schoop is getting paid $8.5 million this year and will hit arbitration after this season. Manny Machado is a free agent after this campaign and Mancini is getting paid a low amount at 26.
Adam Jones is also slated to be a free agent after this season as well. Hanley Ramirez could be a stop gap player for any prospects working their way up. Ramirez is only 34 and there’s no doubt he can light up the stat sheet. The question becomes whether or not a team like Baltimore will be smart enough to sign him.