ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 25: Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a triple against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 25, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – Hanley Ramirez arrived to Busch Stadium just in time to be inserted into the Dodgers lineup on Wednesday after being traded by the Marlins earlier in the day.
In his first game as a Dodger, Ramirez started at third base and hit fifth in the lineup. The three-time All-Star made the move from shortstop to third base at the beginning of this season when the Marlins acquired Jose Reyes in the offseason.
He tripled to center field in his first at-bat and would score on a sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the second inning. He would also drive in a tying run on a single with two outs in the sixth inning.
The Ramirez trade may be the beginning of a “fire sale” in Miami and it comes after the team traded away Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez earlier this week. It is being rumored that the team is also shopping starter Josh Johnson.
“A fire sale I guess comes after a World Series victory,” team president David Samson told Newser.com’s Ronald Blum. “I don’t know how you would call it a fire sale to trade players of a team that’s underperforming so spectacularly.”
Ramirez has seen his numbers at the plate steadily go down since his rookie season in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, the two-time Silver Slugger winner batted .313 with 124 home runs and 389 RBIs in 758 games. He has hit only .245 with 24 home runs and 93 RBIs in 185 games since.