The Chicago White Sox have officially announced that they are going to be sellers during the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. Anyone on the White Sox roster not named Chris Sale or Paul Konerko is available. Last week an MLB executive suggested to CBS sportswriter Jon Heyman that the Mets might be a good destination for Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
Ramirez would be appealing to the Mets for a lot of reasons. He comes with some controllability, as he’s signed through 2014, and has a club option in 2015. A player like Ramirez, with at least two years of controllability, would make a lot of sense for the Mets considering it’s unlikely that they make a run at the playoffs this year. The only drawback to trading for Ramirez is that it would appear that the Mets are giving up on Ruben Tejada.
Tejada has been struggling lately, and even earned himself a trip to the minor leagues due to injury, however Manager Terry Collins acted as though this was more of a demotion than a rehab assignment. Despite this season’s struggles, Tejada in the past has been able to bring something to the table with his bat. In 2012, he batted a line of .289/.333/.351 with a wRC+ of 92. However, that was supported by a .339 BABIP, and it’s questionable as to whether Tejada can sustain such a high BABIP, considering his BABIP this season is an unlucky .238. It seems like the verdict is in that Tejada is not necessarily going to be the player everyone was expecting him to be.
Unlike Tejada, Ramirez isn’t a shortstop who derives most of his value from his bat, as he is hitting a line .280/.308/.346 with a wRC+ of 72, which is a lot better than Tejada has done this season, but it’s nothing special either. What Ramirez lacks on offense he seems to make up with his glove. This season he has a UZR of 5.4, which is the equivalent of a UZR/150 of 9.4. Ramirez has consistently, throughout his career, been worth one win above replacement before he even steps into a batter’s box. Combine that with his offense and at times in his career he’s been worth up to four wins. Those days are likely gone, but he can still be worth between 1.5-2.5 wins above replacement per season, which can be difficult to find at the shortstop position.
Trading for Ramirez would make sense since it looks as though Tejada is not going to turn in to what we thought he would, and Ramirez will provide above average defense, while providing a decent bat. He would fill just one of the many holes the Mets have, and he would be under team control for at least two years.