36-Year-Old Shortstop – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Alexei Ramirez in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Alexei Ramirez Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Padres in January of 2016.
Ramirez went 4-for-5 with an RBI single, a double and two runs in Sunday's season-ending 6-4 victory over the Rangers.
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Alexei Ramirez: MLB Games Played By Position
Alexei Ramirez Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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Alexei Ramirez Defensive Stats
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Alexei Ramirez: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Alexei Ramirez.
Ramirez landed in Tampa in early September after washing out with the Padres. He generated similarly bleak results with the Rays. He was still serviceable at 35 years of age, generating 30 extra-base hits overall, though the biggest negative was single-digit stolen bases for the first time since 2011 during his third straight year of decline in that column. While his strikeout rate saw a slight increase to 12.5 percent, it wasn't unprecedented and therefore doesn't appear to be an indication of decreased bat speed, as he'd been over the 12 percent mark on five other occasions, four of those having come in his first five major league campaigns. Where he may land in 2017 remains in question, as Ramirez is a free agent following the expiration of his deal earlier in the offseason, and a return to the Rays is not expected. Fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited wherever he lands, especially now that he is no longer likely to be a major asset with his speed.
Ramirez was one of the more consistent shortstops in the American League since he entered the league in 2008. That consistency trailed off in 2015. He had to hit nine home runs in the second half of the season to reach double digits, and his .642 OPS was the lowest mark of his career. Add to that, his defense was maddeningly inconsistent. He still managed to steal 17 bases, but he was caught an additional seven times. There may not be a single factor to point to for his decline other than he just completed his age-33 season. The Padres signed him to a one-year deal in the offseason to be their everyday shortstop, but short of NL-only leagues and deep mixed formats, it's hard to see Ramirez producing enough at the plate to move the needle.
Ramirez made his first All-Star team in 2014. Uncoincidentally, he also had an OPS+ above 100 for the first time since his rookie season. He had seven home runs by the end of May, but only had eight more over the rest of the season and his OBP fell to .286 over the second half. The declining performance, taken into consideration with his age, may make him a risky play entering 2015. Still, Ramirez is incredibly durable and should have the White Sox's starting shortstop role all to himself.
Where has Ramirez's power gone? He averaged 17 home runs over the first four years of his career, but Ramirez hit six in 2013, and he suffered a four-month power outage at one point. Fortunately, he did not leave fantasy owners completely high and dry, as his 30 steals were both a career high and the second most for any AL shortstop. The high steal total also suggests his body is still OK even as he enters his age-32 season, and there is some hope that some of his 39 doubles will make it over the wall in 2014. He has also been remarkably durable, missing a total of 12 games over the past three seasons. Ramirez enters the year as the White Sox's starting shortstop, and he should be a candidate to hit second in the team's rebuilding lineup.
Whereas several of the White Sox's batters enjoyed bounce back seasons in 2012, Ramirez's season bounced the other way. He hit a career-low nine home runs over 593 at-bats, missing double figures for the first time in his five-year MLB career. His notorious plate discipline also hit rock bottom, as he walked an MLB-low 16 times and he averaged just 3.4 pitches per plate appearance -- third worst among qualified AL batters. That being said, he is extremely durable and bears an effortless glove at short. Both will provide him with enough slack to try for a rebound in 2013.
Ramirez did not repeat his Silver Slugger-quality 2010, but he did not experience much of a drop-off in 2011. His home runs and steals totals dipped a bit, as did his batting average, but he set a new career-high in walks and continued to play defense at a high level. Ramirez hit more frequently in the two-hole of the lineup with Gordon Beckham slumping, and he had his best OPS from that slot (.775 versus .727 overall). His value will likely peak if he starts 2012 from that lineup perch, while his durability and consistency make him a good option for owners who pass on the elite shortstop on draft day.
Ramirez was one of the best offensive shortstops in the American League in 2010, and he might have been even better were it not for an awful April. He hit .215 with one home run, 18 RBI and a 1:13 BB:K through his first 79 at-bats, but then .292, 17, 62 and 26:69 over his next 506 en route to the AL Silver Slugger award. The award may have more to do with the current state of his position in his league than with his actual stat line, but there wasn't much to complain about other than a falling walk rate. He has racked up double-digit totals in home runs and steals in each of his first three MLB seasons, and there is no apparent reason to think he will not make it four in a row as the White Sox's starting shortstop in 2011.
Ramirez started the 2009 season terribly. He had a .213/.261/.276 line through his first 36 starts, and his gaffes at shortstop had his manager and fans on his case. He proceeded to hit .296/.355/.424 over the next 111 contests and finished the season with 15 home runs and 14 steals. One big improvement from his 2008 season was his improved patience at the plate. He upped his walk total from 18 to 49, but that only boosted his OBP by 14 points because he added 100 plate appearances. He may not pan out to be the next great AL shortstop, but the power should develop as he enters his late-20s.
Just to clear up some things: he's not that young (27) and he's not that good (.317 OBP, 59% percent success on steal attempts, poor defense). With all that said, a shortstop with a decent BA, good power and speed is going to have a lot of fantasy value. Ramirez moves to short full-time this year, and while his limitations are clear, so is the potential for Shawon Dunston's peak, which will play.
Ramirez defected from Cuba last fall and signed a contract with the White Sox. He hit .335 with 68 RBIs and a league-leading 20 home runs in 2006. He's a wild card heading into spring training as he could win a spot on the major league roster or need more development in the minors. It's worth noting that he also played second base for his Cuban team, although most scouts still project him as a corner outfielder.