May 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) hits a RBI single against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Rumors: Seattle Mariners Interested In Alexei Ramirez?


The rumor mill has been churning off and on since the end of the 2013 season. All of the moves the Mariners made this past offseason – save for Robinson Cano – have pretty much fizzled out.

Chris Young was a nice late pickup and has served the pitching staff well. But the additions of Corey Hart, Logan Morrison and John Buck have been lackluster at best and horrifying at worst.

So now that we are a little over a month away from the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, the trade rumors are swirling again. We keep hearing that the Mariners are interested in acquiring a starting pitcher. But with James Paxton and Taijuan Walker still on their way back from injuries, I’m not sure that’s entirely true.

What the Mariners DO need is some offensive production out of their shortstop. Enter Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez.

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are interested in a possible trade to bring Ramirez to Seattle:

The rumor mill also links the Mariners to a player being shopped by Chicago’s other club: shortstop Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox. Ramirez, 32, is a right-handed bat — something the Mariners covet — and is enjoying a renaissance season with seven homers, 36 RBI and a .309 average in 69 games.

His .344 on-base percentage, if maintained, would be the best of his seven-year career. But … adding Ramirez would require a payroll boost. He is making $9.5 million this season and is guaranteed $10 million in 2015. His deal has a club option for $10 million, with a $1 million buyout, for 2016.

So what could the White Sox be asking in return for Ramirez? I would imagine that any trade would include either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller (most likely Franklin) and at least one other prospect, most likely an arm.

Considering that trading Ramirez helps the White Sox shed payroll to address other needs, the Sox may be willing to accept a little less in return player-wise, just to be rid of the salary.

Only time will tell if the Mariners are truly interested in Ramirez or not. But they should be. A .300 hitter with some pop and a decent defensive glove – he can be a defensive liability at times (averaging 18 errors a season since 2009).

We’ll keep a close eye on this and other rumors as the trade deadline continues to draw closer.

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  • Sea-HAWK fan

    They need to def do something like this.. Give Miller more time down in AAA while seeing if Alexi pays off. Miller good rittins.. I’m sorry but whatever happened to his mind and skills since he first started last year in the bigs is gone

  • GD

    Now with Chris Taylor back from the DL last week, I see him coming up soon in the next week or so, with Miller being sent back down. We don’t need Alexeis Ramirez…we need:

    1. Rios
    2. Kemp
    3. SP (one of the Cubs probably)

    Texas isn’t going anywhere and should seriously move Rios’ salary. Kemp needs new scenery. Those 3 above moves is all we would need to do to improve this team for serious contention

  • CWS_FAN

    Hughes appears to know little about Chicago MLB teams. Many of Ramirez’s errors were a result of his over the top efforts to stop the ball for going thru for a base hit. Lastly, the Cubbies are the “other team” in Chicago.

    • Dan Hughes

      1- I’m a Mariners writer, not a White Sox writer.

      2- An error is an error. Make the play or don’t.

      3- I didn’t say the White Sox were the “other team” in Chicago, that was a quote. But, I’m sorry to tell you, they are.

  • PieterT63

    With Jesus Montero coming back up a month before the trading deadline I see him as trade bait. Hopefully he can show us something and get us a good return on his disastrous trade.

  • bob

    Coming from a White Sox fan- The decision that the White Sox’ need to make is if they will be a playoff caliber team while Ramirez is still in his prime. Last year at the trade deadline the answer was “yes, we will be a contender while Ramirez is still an above average shortstop.” The White Sox really need starting pitching, so in any deal the White Sox primary return would be a starter with his prime still ahead of him. I dont know why all M’s fans think that N. Franklin has any value to the white sox, the one thing we do have in terms of prospects is middle infielders.