Blue Jays have shifted their focus to Jose Ramirez

This day just keeps getting crazier. The Blue Jays have already traded for former platinum gold glove winner Matt Chapman, but according to Ken Rosenthal, they are now looking to trade for Jose Ramirez.

Firstly, this article will focus mainly on Ramirez’s defense. If you would like to learn more about his offense, you can read here.
Ramirez to second base?:

Blue Jays have spoken to Guardians about trade for José Ramírez, with idea of playing Ramírez at 2B, sources tell @TheAthletic. Other teams showing interest in Ramírez as well. Still unlikely Guardians will move him. Ramírez under club control for two more seasons, combined $24M.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 16, 2022

 
You didn’t read that incorrectly, the Jays want him to play… second base. The 29-year-old has played 1106 innings at second and registered a DRS of 4 in that time frame. In his 142 innings played in 2018 (the last time he played 2B), he registered a DRS of -4.  His Ultimate Zone Rating at second base is alright as well, as he sits at 3.3 for his career, including a range of 1.5.
Ramirez has also spent time in left field dating back to 2015 and 2016, where he played 389.1 innings. The Blue Jays clearly like him for his versatility, both with the bat and the potential to move him around the field.
In fact, if the Blue Jays pull this off, they would be moving the Gold Glove runner up to second base. The balls of this franchise are incredible.
Carlos Baerga is also reporting that the Blue Jays are looking to trade for Jose Ramirez. He was one of the first to break the Chapman trade, so yeah. It’s likely the Jays are looking at him.

Carlos Baerga is the new elite, Blue Jays insider and it’s not even close. pic.twitter.com/gqEyGLo4nc
— Alex (@NurseAlex19) March 16, 2022

 
What would the package look like:
You may or may not know this, but I’m personally against using this platform to speak about hypothetical trades, especially dealing with prospects. Therefore, I won’t give you names in a hypo …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors Draft: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is the best Round 2 sleeper

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Pay Mitch Marner all the money, he’s worth it

A funny thing that keeps popping up during these playoffs is counting the dollars that will be added to Mitch Marner’s post-ELC contract every single time he does something well. I mean, this has been happening all season as fans around the league are looking for ways to undermine the great thing the Leafs have going on, but it’s been amplified in the playoffs.

Marner currently has three points in three games in the playoffs. He scored two goals in Game 1 and picked up an assist in Game 3. There hasn’t been a single Leaf to really explode offensively thus far in the series. Instead, it’s been strong play by committee.
The offence is inevitable for Marner. He’s going to score goals, he’s going to make plays, he’s going to rack up points, and he’s going to drive offence. This has been his game forever. But one thing about Marner that has been on display this series is his really good two-way game.
Front and centre last night was Marner literally laying his body on the line for the team in the dying seconds of the third period. He blocked not one but …

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Author: h0ckeyfan / The Leafs Nation