Ken Gurnick who is an employee of MLB and the Dodgers wrote this:
Hanley Ramirez said he’s willing to play third base, but he wants to play shortstop. So, if the Dodgers want a happy Ramirez, he’ll be the shortstop, even if the defense can be a little rough and it means making Dee Gordon expendable. Gordon’s game-changing speed is enticing atop the batting order, but the .228 average and .280 on-base percentage before his thumb injury indicated that rushing him to the Major Leagues might not have been the best call.
Now, I am not employed by MLB and/or the Dodgers, so here’s the translation (which I have been trying to tell you for quite some time):
Hanley Ramirez will play SS next year!
Ken Gurnick said it best when he said “if the Dodgers want a happy Ramirez, he’ll be the shortstop.”
Think what you want, but if Hanley moves to 3B, he won’t be happy. Ken has to weigh what he writes because he travels with the team and is in the clubhouse and on the field every day. Sometimes you have to have enough wisdom to read between the lines when you are reading what a beat writer says. I give it to you straight – Hanley will be a problem if he plays 3B.
End of story.
P.S. Dee Gordon is trade bait!
Would you trade Dee Gordon, Joc Pederson, Shawn Tolleson and Zach Lee for James Sheilds and David Price? I would!