Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 7/25/12

Mannywood Part II? No, not quite. But at about 2:30 A.M. east coast time, this tweet came across my radar:

Apparentlly Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports did not feel that “Randy” was deserving of his allocation of  140 characters, but that is the other player (Randy Choate) heading to Los Angeles. But Hanley Ramirez was the prize here. Now, this is the second time the talented infielder has been traded in his still young career but this is a pretty major move for the Dodgers for this season and down the road.

HanRam is still only 28 (he will turn 29 in December) and he will join a lineup which already has Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier signed up long term. In the NL West, those three bats along with Clayton Kershaw atop their rotation can certainly compete for the division for the remainder of Ramirez’ contract (which expires after the 2014 season). He is versatile enough (and I say this loosely) to play shortstop and third base. While Dee Gordon is on the DL for most of the rest of the season, maybe you move Ramirez back to short and keep Juan Uribe in the lineup at third base.

This is a move which could not have been made if Magic Johnson and company had not bought the Dodgers earlier this year. With financial security, the Dodgers have been able to reup Ethier and acquire Ramirez today. According to other reports, the Dodgers are still pushing to acquire Ryan Dempster from the Cubs to sure up their starting rotation. The Dodgers are going to be major players in the National League from here on out with their new ownership in place and the Ramirez move is just the first domino to fall in my opinion.

But what I cannot wrap my head around is what the Miami Marlins are doing. This was year one of what I assumed to be a long term plan. The Marlins brought in Jose Reyes in the offseason along with Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell. A few weeks ago they traded for Carlos Lee. In the past two days the Marlins have traded Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez, Randy Choate, and Hanley Ramirez. Talk about your all time overreaction. Makes you wonder who else is available in Miami. Josh Johnson has been rumored to the Red Sox. Reyes’ name has been kicked around a bit too. I would assume Giancarlo Stanton is not available but at this point who knows. It’s a firesale in Miami, now is the time to buy.


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