The Detroit Tigers are all in for the 2012 MLB season, having proven that after they signed Prince Fielder to a massive nine year contract worth well over $200 million. That came on the heels of learning they would be without the services of Victor Martinez for the entire season. By signing Fielder and moving Miguel Cabrera to third base, Detroit fired a warning shot that they were doing everything possible to make a run at a World Series championship within the next couple of years.
But the Tigers are still struggling this season, as they currently sit at 35-37, three games behind the Chicago White Sox for first place in the American League Central. The offense is inconsistent, and the pitching has not been exactly been stellar at times. And where the Tigers have already sacrificed defense for offense by moving around Cabrera, would they consider adding one more big bat who is not exactly known for his play in the field?
Hanley Ramirez is not exactly a happy camper in South Beach. While it is difficult to understand how anyone can be displeased while making the amount of money that Ramirez does, he was not thrilled when the Miami Marlins brought in Jose Reyes, therefore bumping Han-Ram from his natural position of shortstop over to play the hot corner. And with the Marlins still lagging behind the rest of the National League East and knowing that they are on the hook for another $31.5 million to Ramirez after this season, could a move be a possibility?
It is highly unlikely that Miami would actively shop Ramirez. In fact, he has always been a personal favorite of team owner Jeffrey Loria. But Loria is also concerned about the bottom line. This is the same owner who blows up the team the year after they win a World Series. He has already done it twice. And with a new stadium and a losing record with the highest payroll in franchise history, losing will not sit well with the owner.
The Marlins may not actively look to move Ramirez, but that is not to say they would not entertain offers for him either. The Tigers are suffering from a power outage in the middle of the infield, as Jhonny Peralta has been a disappointment this season. If Detroit offered to move Peralta and eat much of salary as well as all of that of Ramirez, as well as throwing in Rick Porcello and a few other prospects, a deal could be more of a possibility that one would think.
It is also worth noting that Detroit and Miami have made for blockbuster trade partners in the past. The Tigers basically stole Cabrera (as well as the one-hit wonder known as Dontrelle Willis) for a package including Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin, who are both with other clubs already after disappointing in Florida.
It is just a thought, but as much as it may cost Detroit to acquire a slumping Ramirez, could you imagine a lineup featuring Cabrera, Fielder and Ramirez in the 3-4-5 slot? Throw in Martinez next season and the Tigers would more resemble the New York Yankees on offense than perhaps any other team in recent history.