Marlins reportedly shopping Hanley Ramirez | Baseball Notebook
Hanley Ramirez, a three-time All-Star and 2009 National League batting champion, is being shopped by the Miami Marlins, according to various reports.
MIAMI — Hanley Ramirez, a three-time All-Star and 2009 National League batting champion, is being shopped by the Miami Marlins, according to various reports.
And the Marlins apparently aren't asking for a lot in return. Some teams want them to pay a huge chunk of the $38.5 million the 28-year-old third baseman and former shortstop is due for the remainder of his contract.
Ramirez, who is hitting .246 with 14 homers and 46 runs batted in, is under contract through 2014.
"Hopefully, I can stay here," Ramirez said Tuesday. "Otherwise, I just want to play and win."
The Marlins (45-52) are having a disappointing season in their costly new ballpark after signing several expensive players in the offseason. They want young players in return, but want quality pieces, not a salary dump, an American League official said.
Oakland, Baltimore, Boston, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto all reportedly have interest in Ramirez.
Ramirez returned to the Marlins' lineup Tuesday after missing three consecutive games with an infection of his right hand, which he injured after hitting a cooling fan in anger.
• Boston traded utilityman Brent Lillibridge to Cleveland. The former star at Jackson High School and the University of Washington was acquired from the White Sox in the Kevin Youkilis deal in June. In five years in the majors, Lillibridge, 28, has played every position except pitcher and catcher.
• Pittsburgh acquired LHP Wandy Rodriguez (7-9, 3.79 ERA) from Houston for three minor-leaguers.
• Three-time All-Star catcher Jason Kendall, 38, retired less than a week after signing with Kansas City's AA farm club.