Originally posted by Jigga:
I'm not gonna read too far into any of these HANLEY RAMIREZ trade rumors.
Last week, Ken Rosenthal said Justin Upton. This week, it's Hanley. Next week...?
There's been a lot of rumors today about the A's aggressively going after Hanley
I just wonder who we'd give. Most likely prospects but I wonder who
He's also has 30 + mill remaining on his contract
Susan Slusser @susanslusser
Make that #Marlins special assistant Mark Wiley scouting tonight's game in Toronto. #Athletics
Bob Nightengale @BNightengale
The Oakland #Athletics have now become the most aggressive team, Marlins exec says, pursuing #Marlins infielder Hanley Ramirez
The A's are indeed discussing a possible trade with the Miami Marlins for infielder Hanley Ramirez, but the sides are not close on a deal, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Ramirez, a three-time All-Star who was the National League MVP runner-up in 2009, moved to third base this season after playing shortstop for his first six big league seasons.
The A's appear more serious about upgrading at shortstop — they've gotten a combined .184 batting average, four homers and 20 RBIs from the position — than they are at third, so presumably they like Ramirez at short.
He's making $15 million this season and is due $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014. That would be a huge financial commitment for the A's to take on, even though they don't have heavy payroll obligations right now.
And that's assuming the A's have the prospects the Marlins are looking for. Several other teams are also interested in Ramirez.
Another potential shortstop for the A's was in the opposing dugout Tuesday night. The Blue Jays' Yunel Escobar is potentially available at a much more reasonable salary. Escobar, 29, is making $5 million and will make the same amount next year. The Blue Jays also hold $5 million options on him for 2014 and 2015.
The A's have been linked to Escobar, whose strength is his excellent defense.