Trade Talk Tuesday: Alexei Ramirez

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The Chicago White Sox were, as a whole, a pretty woeful bunch last season. There were three exceptions to this lack of success- Jose Abreu, Chris Sale, and Alexei Ramirez. Abreu won Rookie of the Year, Sale is a finalist for Cy Young, and Ramirez earned a Silver Slugger award. Aside from Chris Sale, the team’s starting rotation is lackluster, and definitely won’t do the job in the coming years. The White Sox clearly have tremendous needs all over the diamond, however mainly with the pitching staff, and as a result, it seems as though they’re open to trading Alexei Ramirez.

The Mets made a splash signing Michael Cuddyer yesterday, and now, they have just one major need- the need for a starting shortstop. It has become public knowledge that the Mets are interested in Alexei Ramirez, have sent top scouts to observe him, and have spoken to the White Sox front office about a potential trade.

It seems as though the Mets and White Sox match up very well as trading partners. The White Sox need pitching, and the Mets have it. The Mets need a shortstop, and the White Sox have it.

Here’s my proposal:

Mets get: Alexei Ramirez

White Sox get: Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores

This trade makes a lot of sense for both sides…

Obviously, the Mets have a clear need for a shortstop, and according to a recent Bleacher Report article, Ramirez is the 4th best shortstop in the MLB. Last season, potentially the best season of his career, Ramirez was voted to the All Star Game, and ended up winning a Silver Slugger award. He hit 15 home runs, batted a .273 average, drove in 74 RBIs, and stole 21 bases. He’d fit perfectly with the Mets style of play, Citi Field’s size, and overall, he’d likely make the Mets a playoff team.

Rumors have been spreading that the White Sox value Rafael Montero highly, higher than nearly any player in the Mets organization, and they’d love to get their hands on him. His future potential as well as the skill that he has already put on display would be key in improving the White Sox organization. Losing Montero wouldn’t be awful for the Mets, as he doesn’t even project as a starting pitcher with the team’s surplus of pitching talent. Throwing in the young, promising Wilmer Flores could put this deal over the edge. He’d be a stopgap for the White Sox until their top prospect, shortstop Tim Anderson, makes his way to the big leagues.

Check out what the Mets positional lineup would look like if this deal went through:

C: Travis d’Arnaud
1B: Lucas Duda
2B: Daniel Murphy
3B: David Wright
SS: Alexei Ramirez
LF: Curtis Granderson
CF: Juan Lagares
RF: Michael Cuddyer

I don’t know about you, but I think that looks like a playoff team…

Let me know what you think in the comment section!

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