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Another Twist In The Ongoing Hanley Ramirez Saga

Much of the focus on the Miami Marlins over the past 48 hours has been on their pursuit of Albert Pujols. The rumors of his imminent signing have seemingly passed and the Marlins are expected to turn their attention to Prince Fielder and starting pitchers, notably C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle.

But there are other happenings with the Marlins. Newly-acquired Jose Reyes is expected to start at shortstop, and there has been speculation as to what will become of incumbent shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Reports indicated that Ramirez would switch to third base, a la Alex Rodriguez once he joined the New York Yankees. Ramirez was reportedly unhappy about the potential move, but tweeted yesterday that his focus will be on the upcoming season.

But now Buster Olney is reporting that Ramirez is seeking a new deal with the Marlins and the front office is having none of it. The Marlins will now reportedly be looking to trade its embattled star. There is no word yet on potential trade partners, nor is it clear what exactly the Marlins will seek in return. ESPN’s Jim Bowden explored some hypothetical scenarios today (ESPN Insider access required).

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