Based on today’s chat, there’s still some hope out there that the Yankees will be able to trade for Hanley Ramirez now that the Marlins have signed Jose Reyes. Makes sense — Ramirez is an elite young shortstop who’s been replaced, the Yankees have an aging shortstop who can’t play the position forever — but the Marlins are clearly positioning themselves to play both Ramirez and Reyes on the left side of the infield.
“Hanley is super professional,” Marlins president Jeffrey Loria just said in the halls of the Hilton. “We will work with him to make everything comfortable for him.”
As for the Marlins making another significant move, Loria said he’ll have to “talk some more” with his people, but “there are some opportunities we want to pursue.” Basically, the Marlins have their new stadium, and they’re clearly trying to win now with the best pieces they can get.
“We have a play a few years ago,” Loria said. “There’s a reason Mike Stanton is there, and Logan Morrison is there, and Hanley is there.”
As you can probably tell, things are still very quiet for the Yankees. Brian Cashman still hasn’t arrived, and the closest thing to Yankees “news” I’ve heard is that the team might make a selection in the Rule 5 draft, but they pick so late, there’s a chance all the players they like will be gone.