Hanley Ramirez moves to the Dodgers
No longer wanted by his longtime employer, Hanley Ramirez was acquired by the Dodgers, a team that has a taste for talented but mercurial players.
The three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez will join the Dodgers in what was the centerpiece of a multi-player trade made by Miami Marlins late Tuesday. Ramirez`s reputation is pretty much similar to another player who carries the same name, and has joined the Dodgers in recent years.
Hanley Ramirez is considered by many specialists as one of the best players of his generation, like Manny Ramirez was in 2008. But another resemblance between the two players is that they are both temperamental. First of all, people believe that Henley does not give 100% on the field, and that he has questionable decisions. We all remember the incident in which Hanley punched a fan before the All-Star break.
Considering that Manny Ramirez single-handedly took the Dodgers to the 2008 Nationa League Championship Series, he quickly managed to repair his image and win the hearts of the supporters, even though he was also a mercurial player. So we can say that the two-years spent with the Dodgers were very controversial. Manny was no longer the same player when he returned from his suspension – received after failing a drug test.
Manny Ramirez was under the contract for only two more months at the time of his trade to the Dodgers, so compared to Hanley Ramirez, he was less expensive. The Dodgers will have to pay $38 million in Hanley Ramirez`s deal, while Manny`s 2008 salary was paid by his former team, Boston Red Sox.
Hanley managed to improve his batting this year, .246, compared to last year`s .243. In his career, Ramirez managed to hit .300.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said about the 28-year-old: “It’s been there once, I know it’s still there.”
The Dodgers are also hoping to land pitcher Ryan Dempster, who used his no-trade rights to block Dodgers` attempt to trade him to the Atlanta Bravers.