“We had some challenges and disappointments with Hanley along the way,” Beinfest said. “But the bottom line is, he is an exceptional talent. He meant a lot to this organization – a premium talent, an uber talent in a lot of respects.”
But it was a talent that, eventually, didn’t translate to success for either Ramirez or the Marlins.
“Maybe it’s time for a fresh start for Hanley, and maybe it’s time for a fresh start for the Marlins,” Beinfest said. “We could not figure out why Hanley and his talent, in his prime, was hitting in the mid-.240s. So, hopefully, he will do what he’s capable of, which is obviously not a .245 hitter.”
Ramirez said he couldn’t pinpoint the reason for his offensive decline, but added he doesn’t believe it will continue.
“I think almost seven years in the big leagues, struggling two years, I bet a lot of guys wish they can do that – out of seven, struggle two,” Ramirez said. “I’ve got a long career in front of me, and I think I’m going to get back to what I used to be.”
Sources said the Marlins were in trade discussions with four to five teams for Ramirez.
But the Dodgers were the only one that agreed to pick up his full contract. In return, the Dodgers also gave the Marlins two pitchers. Eovaldi will fill Sanchez’s spot in the rotation and start Saturday. In 10 starts this season for the Dodgers, he has gone 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA. But he has also received the lowest run support of any NL starter. Baseball America ranked Eovaldi, 22, as the third-best prospect in the Dodgers system.
The Marlins also received pitcher Scott McGough, a minor-league right-hander.
With Ramirez gone, Guillen said he would use several players at third base, including Donovan Solano, Greg Dobbs and Donnie Murphy, who is expected to be called up from Triple A New Orleans.
“It’s hard to believe,” Ramirez said. “Last night I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t sleep knowing I was going to leave my Miami. It’s my family. I’ve been with the Marlins for seven years in the big leagues. I was hoping to stay here my entire career. It didn’t happen, but they’re always going to be part of my family.”