Sox' next shortstop? Alexei Ramirez

Sox' next shortstop? Alexei Ramirez

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 15:52
White Sox shortstop Orlando Cabrera is as good as gone, either during the season through a trade or at the end, when he's eligible for free agency. His selfish actions and me-first attitude have left him isolated from the rest of the team, and the Sox would probably be smart to start checking on trade interest right now. The obvious question is, who plays shortstop when Cabrera is gone? The not so obvious answer is Alexei Ramirez. Yes, he is skinny and still learning how to hit major-league pitching, but Ramirez is a standout defensive shortstop, as good or better than Cabrera and his two Gold Gloves. With Juan Uribe on the disabled list, Ramirez has started 11 of the last 12 games at second base. It's not his natural position, but he's handled himself very well. Ramirez has also come around offensively with the regular playing time, going 13-for-39 since Uribe went down. The "Cuban Missle'' is in the first season of a four-year, $4.75 million contract, and he's only going to get better, especially when he adds some weight. For now, Ramirez is good enough to replace Cabrera.
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