The Miami Marlins have signed Jose Reyes to be their new starting shortstop, and rumors swirl that Hanley Ramirez may ask to be traded rather than move to third base. Ajc.com reports that when Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren was asked whether the Braves may pursue that option, the answer was a firm no.
Wren confirmed that he would not be setting up a reunion between Ramirez and Fredi Gonzalez, who managed the Florida Marlins from 2006-2010, and benched Ramirez in 2010 for not hustling after a booted ball in the outfield.
Gonzalez's firing in July of 2010 paved the way for him to replace Bobby Cox after the 2010 season.
Ramirez's remaining three years and $46 million left on his contract also does not help his case with the Braves, who are looking for a backup shortstop to sign to a one-year deal.
“Our focus is on a traditional backup middle infielder that can play shortstop and can spell, if it turns out that it’s Tyler Pastornicky [in the starting role], that can spell him and maybe give him a day off a tough [pitcher] that Fredi feels like protects him a little bit, those type of scenarios," Wren said.
“We’re not looking at [adding a] guy that’s a part-time shortstop or a semi-regular. We’re going with a traditional backup shortstop. That’s been our focus.”
It really seems the Braves are looking for Pastornicky to be the guy at the 6 position for 2012. That decision could possibly save money for the Braves to go after a power hitting outfielder via a trade for Martin Prado.
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