Not to be outdone by Jon Morosi’s masterful attempts at baiting traffic from the very web-engaged Toronto fan base, John Heyman has tossed the Jays into the Hanley Ramirez mix in his latest from CBS Sports.
Listing clubs who might have an interest in Hanley Ramirez, the Jays come up. This is because they could a third baseman or shortstop, apparently– which is primarily because “word is they are ready to move on from shortstop Yunel Escobar.”
Of course, part of the reason that the Jays might be willing to move Escobar– might– is the fact that they have Adeiny Hechavarria waiting in the wings. So… where would that leave him if we’re still talking about Hanley? (And… um… aren’t we?)
And where would Ramirez even fit if the Jays had the same, obvious concerns as the executive Heyman spoke to:
“I wouldn’t know where to hide him,” one executive said, suggesting Ramirez was neither an especially good third baseman or shortstop anymore.
“Pretty steep,” said another exec of Ramirez’s contract, a deal that used to be considered team-friendly.
No more, it’s not team-friendly anymore. He makes $15 million this year, $15.5 million next and $16 million the year after that.
Hey, but the A’s supposedly have interest in Escobar, for whatever that’s worth. And the Jays are “in on everything” right now.
So… there’s that.
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