Alert all Major League Baseball general managers – there’s a fire sale going on in South Beach.
Last night the Los Angeles Dodgers made a play to bolster what had been a very weak offense. Despite having two of the National League’s best players in Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, the team only ranked 12th in the league in batting and was losing games despite incredible pitching performances. They were in desperate need of some offensive firepower to help compete for a pennant.
Hanley Ramirez gets the fresh start he so desperately needed. A chance to compete in a completely different atmosphere. The former NL Rookie of the Year has been an enigma to this point in his career. Talent-wise, his ability is top-10 in baseball. But his on-field performance and antics have at times labeled him a “problem child” and prevented those abilities from fully shining. Despite being Miami’s franchise player after signing a six-year, $70 million contract four years ago, Ramirez has yet to be completely comfortable in Miami.
The Dodgers are hoping fresh scenery and the veteran presence of manager Don Mattingly will allow Hanley the opportunity to flourish into the player scouts have dreamed of for years. The move wasn’t easy on the young player, but his focus is solely on battling for the Dodgers as they compete for a NL West championship.