Hanley: Would be 'good move' to sign Reyes
If Marlins add free-agent shortstop, slugger could shift to third
MIAMI -- Hanley Ramirez would welcome the chance to be in the same infield as Jose Reyes.
If that happened, there has been speculation that Ramirez would move to third base, clearing the way for the free-agent shortstop. Until then, Ramirez considers himself the Marlins' shortstop.
Ramirez understands the team is trying to improve, but he adds that he has been a shortstop his entire baseball career, dating back to his youth.
"I'm a shortstop right now, so I don't know. I consider myself a shortstop," Ramirez said on Thursday night.
Ramirez talked to reporters during a community event at the Marlins' new ballpark.
"Definitely, we want to win, and it would be a good move for the Marlins [to get Reyes], because we're trying to improve our offense and he's a pretty good player," Ramirez said.
Ramirez brushed aside questions about switching positions, because the club has not mentioned the idea to him.
"I cannot control that," he said. "I can get ready for the regular season. Right now, we're excited about the stadium, and they are doing everything they can to put out a good team."
Marlins president David Samson called Ramirez the face of the franchise.
"He is still the one who will help us get another ring, no matter who we sign," Samson said. "Hanley is, for me, the most important guy because of his ability to change games."
But where would Ramirez play if Reyes signs?
"We will jump off that bridge when we get to it," Samson said.
The Marlins gave Reyes a tour of their new ballpark on Wednesday. Ramirez and Reyes are friends, but haven't talked to each other recently.
"He's got a lot of energy at the top of the lineup," Ramirez said of Reyes. "He would help any team."
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.