LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 27: Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins acknowledges teammate Greg Dobbs (not pictured) after Dobbs drove Ramirez in with a base hit against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eigth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Marlins 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
After deliberations, the Miami Marlins have decided that they must move star third baseman Hanley Ramirez before this year's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, writes Bob Nightengale of USA Today. From ownership to manager Ozzie Guillen, all involved with the Marlins' operations are ready to trade Ramirez, who is owed $31.5 million combined in 2013 and 2014.
"But now, as two Marlins executives told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday, it's time for him to go. Ownership wants him gone. Manager Ozzie Guillen is tired of him. And the fans have grown indifferent."
In fact, Nightengale writes Ramirez "should be unloaded - soon - and coming to a city near you by next Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline," with the Oakland Athletics aggressively pursuing Ramirez. The Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox are also in the sweepstakes, according to Nighengale.
Ramirez has struggled these past two seasons to be the MVP type player he was earlier in his career. He's hitting just .246/.322/.428 with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases this season, which is a boost from his 2011 campaign. But even then, a team would buying low on the 28-year-old Ramirez and hoping a change of scenery is what he needs to turn back into the player he was just a few years ago.