Sigh of Relief for Mets Fans – Hanley Ramirez Off the Table
No word on what the Mets offered Han-Ram prior to his decision to sign with the Bosox.
What do you mean, the Mets didn’t make any offer? Aren’t they all gung-ho for a playoff push in 2015? Don’t they have a big hole at shortstop? Isn’t their most glaring need offense? And wouldn’t Hanley Ramirez be a great fit based on all those factors?
Ah, but if we read the propaganda put forth in the Mets fan blogosphere, we’d believe that Hanley Ramirez would have been a TERRIBLE signing. He’s lazy, for one. And injury-prone, for another. And too old. And not a really good shortstop any more — a bad one, in fact. And he’s too expensive (remind me why a fan cares about a what a team spends on a player?). And besides all that, the Mets have Wilmer Flores, who, if you listen to one (or several) of those fan blogs, projects to be better than Hanley Ramirez (and every other shortstop on the market) next year.
So, Mets fans should be thrilled that Hanley Ramirez signed with the Red Sox, because now they don’t have to stress about the possibility of a former All-Star, former Rookie of the Year, former batting champion, annual .800+ OPS slugger causing havoc in the Flushing clubhouse and preventing Wilmer Flores from batting .260 in 2015. Instead, Han-Ram will take his iron glove to Boston, where he’s likely to be moved to third base or left field, and prevent the Red Sox from winning. If by chance the Red Sox are crazy enough to leave Ramirez at the shortstop position, there might be a chance that slick-fielding Xander Bogaerts could be made available on the trade market. But that’s of no consequence to Mets fans, because, again, if you’re keeping up in the blogosphere, Wilmer Flores projects to be just as good, if not better, than Bogaerts in 2015. Of course he will be — among other reasons, he’ll be working with Mike Barwis again, while Bogaerts will not.
One less thing to worry about — there will be no Hanley Ramirez drama for Mets fans to stress about in 2015. Whew! Any comment? Post it below.