Showdown: Ramirez vs. ReyesSaturday, March 03, 2012
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Hanley Ramirez vs. Jose Reyes
If the Marlins stick to their stated plan of keeping Hanley Ramirez at third base even when Jose Reyes needs a day off (or longer) the “Ramirez or Reyes?” question will be much different next year, but as long as Hanley has shortstop eligibility he’s my pick. Last year was a mess for Ramirez, as he posted the worst OPS of his career by nearly 150 points, but age 28 he’s still in his prime and from 2007-2010 he hit .319 with a .925 OPS while averaging 27 homers, 82 RBIs, 36 steals, and 111 runs per season. Reyes is actually older than Ramirez and not exactly an iron man himself, and if the hamstring problems and aging turn him into a 40-steal guy instead of a 60-steal guy Ramirez’s edge will become even larger. – Aaron Gleeman (@aarongleeman)
There’s a “what have you done for me lately?” element to this one. Ramirez is a highly attractive fantasy option because he’s going to have eligibility at third base and shortstop this year and because he’s proven capable in the past of registering strong numbers in both the power- and speed-based fantasy categories. But he also batted just .243/.333/.379 in 2011 with 10 home runs, 20 stolen bases and 45 RBI. Reyes, meanwhile, hit .337/.384/.493 last season with seven homers, 39 steals and 44 RBI. They’re both likely to see a dip in power in the Marlins’ new pitcher-friendly park, and I’m more confident in Reyes’ ability to hold his value because he has the better speed and plate approach. Hanley’s mental state is also somewhat in question. He’s expressed discontent about moving to third base to accommodate Reyes and he had problems with motivation at times last season. Take the more consistent and more reliable option. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)
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