Free Agent Shortstops And Trade Options For Dodgers

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Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox

Prior to Hanley Ramirez making his free agent decision, the Dodgers were been linked to Alexei Ramirez and a deal for the 33-year-old shortstop presumably would involve shipping out one of their outfielders, which would be a plus for the Dodgers.

Ramirez fits the mold of a bridge of Corey Seager as he’s under contract for $10 million in 2015 and the team holds a $10 million option for 2016 that includes a $1 million buyout. He’s appeared in at least 150 games over the last five seasons and since 2009, has led all American League shortstops in RBIs, hits and total bases.

Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

A trade in which the Dodgers would acquire Jimmy Rollins may be part of a trade that includes Cole Hamels. The Phillies are believed to be interested in rebuilding and for the right price — perhaps an inflated one — they are willing to move their big-name players.

Rollins only has one year remaining on his contract at $11 million and could prove to be an adequate short-term solution for the Dodgers. Having turned 36 years old on Nov. 26, Rollins appeared in 138 games last season.

Although it was his lowest total since 2011, Rollins has played in a minimum of 138 games in each of the last four seasons. He batted just .243, but his .323 on-base percentage was his highest mark since 2011 and .394 slugging percentage was his highest since 2012. After posting a -2.7 UZR in 2013, Rollins improved to 3.6 last season.

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Written by Staff Writer


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