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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
9 5505 .270 .307 .392 .247 18.6
Birth Date9-22-1981
Height6' 2"
Weight180 lbs
Age36 years, 7 months, 3 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 CHA 26 136 509 480 65 139 22 2 21 228 18 61 3 4 4 77 13 9 .290 .317 .475 .275 22.8 -5.1 1.8
2009 CHA 27 148 606 542 71 150 14 1 15 211 49 66 1 8 6 68 14 5 .277 .333 .389 .250 18.7 -6.7 1.2
2010 CHA 28 156 626 585 83 165 29 2 18 252 27 82 2 5 7 70 13 8 .282 .313 .431 .255 27.9 21.1 5.1
2011 CHA 29 158 684 614 81 165 31 2 15 245 51 84 6 5 8 70 7 5 .269 .328 .399 .251 22.2 6.2 3.0
2012 CHA 30 158 621 593 59 157 24 4 9 216 16 77 4 4 4 73 20 7 .265 .287 .364 .229 7.2 8.3 1.6
2013 CHA 31 158 674 637 68 181 39 2 6 242 26 68 3 4 4 48 30 9 .284 .313 .380 .254 23.6 -1.8 2.4
2014 CHA 32 158 657 622 82 170 35 2 15 254 24 81 6 4 74 21 4 .273 .305 .408 .253 20.0 9.6 3.3
2015 CHA 33 154 622 583 54 145 33 0 10 208 31 68 1 6 1 62 17 7 .249 .285 .357 .236 5.4 4.2 1.0
2016 SDN 34 128 444 421 33 101 19 2 5 139 17 56 4 2 0 41 6 9 .240 .275 .330 .224 -0.5 -8.2 -0.9
2016 TBA 34 17 62 57 5 14 3 0 1 20 4 7 0 0 1 7 2 0 .246 .295 .351 .226 0.9 -0.3 0.1
Career137155055134601138724917115201526365030423559014363.270.307.392.247148.227.318.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2008 CHA MLB 136 509 .275 .266 .332 .420 .260 .294 104 7.9 14.7 -0.3 -5.1 0.4 22.8 1.8 22.8 1.8
2009 CHA MLB 148 606 .250 .266 .332 .423 .260 .288 106 -6.2 17.4 8 -6.7 -0.6 18.7 1.2 18.7 1.2
2010 CHA MLB 156 626 .255 .261 .324 .408 .256 .300 112 -3.5 17.3 7.9 21.1 6.2 27.9 5.1 27.9 5.1
2011 CHA MLB 158 684 .251 .261 .323 .406 .262 .288 105 -5.9 18.4 8.3 6.2 1.4 22.2 3.0 22.2 3.0
2012 CHA MLB 158 621 .229 .262 .322 .419 .265 .290 106 -19 17.0 7.8 8.3 1.4 7.2 1.6 7.2 1.6
2013 CHA MLB 158 674 .254 .257 .316 .401 .264 .309 99 -3.9 17.7 8.2 -1.8 1.6 23.6 2.4 23.6 2.4
2014 CHA MLB 158 657 .253 .252 .310 .390 .260 .292 103 -4.6 16.9 7.8 9.6 -0.1 20.0 3.3 20.0 3.3
2015 CHA MLB 154 622 .236 .251 .311 .398 .255 .264 102 -14.6 16.8 7.7 4.2 -4.4 5.4 1.0 5.4 1.0
2016 SDN MLB 128 444 .224 .253 .316 .408 .260 .265 95 -16.4 12.5 5.2 -8.2 -1.8 -0.5 -0.9 -0.5 -0.9
2016 TBA MLB 17 62 .226 .239 .304 .387 .240 .265 105 -2.2 1.8 0.7 -0.3 0.6 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 CHA MLB 509 65 139 22 2 21 77 18 61 13 9 .290 .317 .475 .185 .275 22.8 -5.1 1.8
2009 CHA MLB 606 71 150 14 1 15 68 49 66 14 5 .277 .333 .389 .113 .250 18.7 -6.7 1.2
2010 CHA MLB 626 83 165 29 2 18 70 27 82 13 8 .282 .313 .431 .149 .255 27.9 21.1 5.1
2011 CHA MLB 684 81 165 31 2 15 70 51 84 7 5 .269 .328 .399 .130 .251 22.2 6.2 3.0
2012 CHA MLB 621 59 157 24 4 9 73 16 77 20 7 .265 .287 .364 .099 .229 7.2 8.3 1.6
2013 CHA MLB 674 68 181 39 2 6 48 26 68 30 9 .284 .313 .380 .096 .254 23.6 -1.8 2.4
2014 CHA MLB 657 82 170 35 2 15 74 24 81 21 4 .273 .305 .408 .135 .253 20.0 9.6 3.3
2015 CHA MLB 622 54 145 33 0 10 62 31 68 17 7 .249 .285 .357 .108 .236 5.4 4.2 1.0
2016 SDN MLB 444 33 101 19 2 5 41 17 56 6 9 .240 .275 .330 .090 .224 -0.5 -8.2 -0.9
2016 TBA MLB 62 5 14 3 0 1 7 4 7 2 0 .246 .295 .351 .105 .226 0.9 -0.3 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 1593 0.4645 0.5807 0.8032 0.7405 0.4420 0.8650 0.7135 0.1968 473 0.009689
2009 2139 0.4843 0.4951 0.8244 0.6409 0.3581 0.8916 0.7114 0.1756 812 0.029198
2010 2216 0.4950 0.4856 0.8299 0.6226 0.3512 0.9209 0.6718 0.1701 890 0.013699
2011 2440 0.4861 0.4668 0.8393 0.6189 0.3230 0.9142 0.7037 0.1607 1029 0.008334
2012 2122 0.4844 0.5311 0.8358 0.6556 0.4141 0.9169 0.7152 0.1642 785 0.004226
2013 2211 0.4930 0.5396 0.8684 0.6862 0.3970 0.9238 0.7753 0.1316 803 0.002308
2014 2223 0.4791 0.5029 0.8301 0.6620 0.3566 0.9291 0.6610 0.1699 885 0.002512
2015 2167 0.4725 0.4827 0.8423 0.6621 0.3220 0.8909 0.7527 0.1577 905 0.002724
2016 1818 0.4884 0.4873 0.8352 0.6227 0.3581 0.9114 0.7087 0.1648 0 0.000000
Career189290.48360.50550.83540.65440.36630.90850.71240.1646757.72890.0081

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-28 2014-09-29 DTD 1 1 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring -
2014-09-06 2014-09-06 DTD 0 0 - Foot Contusion HBP -
2014-07-13 2014-07-18 DTD 5 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2013-07-12 2013-07-12 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Cramp Hamstring - -
2013-03-28 2013-03-29 Camp 1 0 Right Shoulder Contusion - -
2011-04-01 2011-04-03 DTD 2 2 Back Recovery From Soreness -
2011-03-28 2011-03-31 Camp 3 0 Back Soreness -
2010-06-23 2010-06-23 DTD 0 0 Fingers Tear Fingernail -
2009-07-30 2009-08-07 DTD 8 7 Right Ankle Sprain -
2009-07-02 2009-07-04 DTD 2 2 Right Fingers Sprain Middle Finger -
2009-06-29 2009-06-29 DTD 0 0 Head Headache Hit on Head -
2009-03-31 2009-03-31 Camp 0 0 Left Knee Laceration -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 SDN $3,000,000
2015 CHA $10,000,000
2014 CHA $9,500,000
2013 CHA $7,000,000
2012 CHA $5,000,000
2011 CHA $2,750,000
2010 CHA $1,225,000
2009 CHA $1,225,000
2008 CHA $1,075,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$40,775,000
9 yrTotal$40,775,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 0 dJaime Torres2017

Details
  • 1 year/$4M (2016), plus 2017 mutual option. Signed by San Diego as a free agent 1/22/16. 16:$3M, 17:$4M mutual option, $1M buyout. Assignment bonus: $1.5M with trade. With 550 plate appearances in 2016, option increases to $4.5M with a $1.25M buyout. With 600 PAs in 2016, option increases to $5M. With 650 PAs in 2016, option increases to $5.5M with a $1.5M buyout. Released by San Diego 9/4/16. Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 9/7/16.
  • 4 years/$32.5M (2012-15), plus 2016 club option. Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 2/3/11. 12:$5M, 13:$7M, 14:$9.5M, 15:$10M, 16:$10M club option, $1M buyout. Award bonuses, including $15,000 for All-Star selection. Chicago White Sox declined 2016 option 11/5/15.
  • 4 years/$4.75M (2008-11). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent from Cuba (via Dominican Republic) 12/21/07. $0.5M signing bonus. 08:$0.95M, 09:$1.1M, 10:$1.1M, 11:$1.1M. If otherwise eligible for arbitration after 2010 season, Ramirez may opt out and file for arbitration. If Ramirez opts out, Chicago may choose to exercise $2.75M club option for 2011. Placed on restricted list 5/2/08 (visa issues entering Canada). Activated 5/6/08. Ramirez opted out and White Sox exercised $2.75M option for 2011 12/2/10.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-10-19 19:00:00 (link to chat)Different teams, but when do you think A. J. Reed and Tim Anderson take over as starters?
(Odorificus from OK)
The Astros are kind of stacked, but I think if Reed keeps hitting he'll get a look in late 2016 with a shot in 2017 to start. Anderson could be up in mid-2016 even if the White Sox exercise Alexei Ramirez's affordable 2016 option. If the White Sox pull the trigger on the option on flip Alexei, I think Anderson could be up even sooner. (Tout Wars Champ Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, loved the piece last week on trade targets. You were limited to selecting only 1 player though. I'm sure there were more you liked. Can you give us a few? Thanks
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
I shied away from him on the podcast, but I like what I have seen recently from Ian Desmond. The swing looks better and while I'm skeptical on the speed I can see a power bounce back. While Melky Cabrera looks D.O.A., there's some BABIP craziness going on there and he should at a minimum hit for batting average. I also agree with my colleague Keith Cromer than Alexei Ramirez should show some improvement. In general, I agree with PECOTA that the White Sox offense can't possibly be THIS bad and should show some signs of life post all star. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who are a few guys to target in trades you think will have a big 2nd half?
(Shawn from Couch)
Ian Desmond might not have a "big" second half but he will be better. Alexei Ramirez should also improve in the same manner. Carlos Gomez is still a stud and will be one in the second half. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)J.P, really enjoy the monthly snapshot pieces. Would love to see the buy low extended to say three or so with your thoughts as done for top 5. On that note, who are some other buy low candidates you like beyond those listed in today's article? Cheers
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I was already at 2000+ words on the article, so I didn't want to bog things down with additional words on the buy-low candidates. I appreciate the interest, though! I'll certainly consider adding a short blurb on them going forward. Some other buy low candidates would include: Yan Gomes, Alexei Ramirez, Jimmy Nelson, and Desmond Jennings. (J.P. Breen)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, who are some of the guys that you might target to trade for who got off to slow starts but you expect to turn it around (or have started to recently)? Thanks
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
Two White Sox - Alexei Ramirez and Melky Cabrera - jump out as players who just have to turn it around. Neither one of them is this bad, and the White Sox in general are a much better team than they have shown so far. Nick Castellanos is another guy who I have seen some signs will get better; he is more of a player than this and should improve. If you're looking for a bigger name, Matt Kemp started out slow last year before going nuts. If you have an owner with an itchy trigger finger, he's the guy to go after on that "buy low" proposition. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)I hate to make you answer this, but such is life in deep leagues: drop 33 year old Aaron Hill for 33 year old Alexei Ramirez for my MI slot in a 6x6 OPS dynasty?
(JT Smooth from Loveboat Cap'n)
I hate to break it to you, but if Alexei Ramirez was available on your waiver wire, you're not in a deep league. (Bret Sayre)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Alexei Ramirez a keeper?
(Johnson from JC)
In the fantasy sense probably not, he's a fine shortstop one of the best in the American League but there's not enough oompf there to keep him over other guys at "fuller" positions.

In the real world sense I'm convinced that he plays with his Olympic Gold Medal around his neck. He also has the ability to bend his knees in unnatural ways and he's a pretty damn good shortstop. I love this man. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Dodgers are aggressively pursuing Alexei Ramirez, what is a plausible trade that makes sense for both teams?
(GrinnellSteve from Grinnell)
I always struggle to come up with hypotheticals like this, Steve, but let's call Ramirez a 2.5-3 win player. He's signed for $10 million for 2015 and has a club option at the same price for 2016, which is likely to be picked up at that level of production. If we're talking prospects, I could see the Dodgers sending a couple of their mid-rotation-type prospects. In general, if the White Sox were to trade Alexei, I'd expect at least one top-100 prospect coming back, plus a couple of secondary pieces, depending on the headliner. (Daniel Rathman)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a 5x5 (with obp) in which I have a big lead in steals, should I drop Jean Segura for Alexei Ramirez or Jhonny Peralta? I was wondering this before his tragedy, and now I wonder if he will even be able to come back any time soon. Hopefully he and his family can find a way to get through this.
(Hangin on from D.C.)
Yeah, it's just horrific what happened to Segura and his family. Awkwardly shifting to the fantasy angle, I'd go for Peralta if you're looking for non-speed offense. (Paul Sporer)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a 5x5 (with obp) in which I have a big lead in steals, should I drop Jean Segura for Alexei Ramirez or Jhonny Peralta? I was wondering this before his tragedy, and now I wonder if he will even be able to come back any time soon. Hopefully he and his family can find a way to get through this.
(Hangin On from D.C.)
I think this was a double question (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)Does Nick Gordon wind up an Alexei Ramirez bat? +/-?
(Drew from Mpls)
I think the OBP profile could be better and the power could resemble early-MLB career Ramirez. (Draft Wrap Chat with Nick J. Faleris)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Alexei Ramirez in pts leagues better worse or same as Zobrist ROS?
(tylersnotes from Philly)
I'll go Alexei. I have zero confidence in this. I am an Online Fantasy Baseball Expert. (Ben Carsley)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)All but one of those SS are in the NL. Who will be top five in the AL in 2015?
(Jim from Boston)
Reyes would be #1 followed by Elvis Andrus, Ben Zobrist, Alexei Ramirez, and Asdrubal Cabrera. Yikes...I didn't realize what a drop off there was at SS in the AL compared to previous years. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cardinals are about to sign Kelly Shoppach FYI. The cardinals were supposedly looking for SS but had no luck. Pete Kozma, Ryan Jackson, nor Greg Garcia are the answers so who is?
(Bubba from STL)
I thought Alexei Ramirez made sense for them before the rumors of their interest popped up. It's really hard to find a MLB-quality shortstop out there (which is something that we perhaps don't take into account enough when talking about the Iglesias and Gregorius deals). Maybe they reunite with Brendan Ryan, or Arizona decides to move Cliff Pennington for some reason? I don't know. St. Louis may not have a choice but to roll with what they've got. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2011-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any hope the AL Fans don't elect Jeter to the All-Star game?
(Terry from NJ)
Oh, I would hope not, but there aren't any worthy long-time stars in the AL at shortstop any more, are there? I would expect that Asdrubal Cabrera would get some love from the fans with the Indians leading the division, and maybe Alexei Ramirez. Peralta, Aybar, Andrus. Surely the voters will find someone other than Jeter. (Mike Fast)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)In a NFBC 15 Team (Mixed) format how would you approach the limited SS position?
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
Obviously getting Hanley or Tulo in the early going would be ideal, but I'm leery of the Reyes/Jeter/Rollins group this year for various reasons... too much uncertainty with all three. I'd rather wait a few more rounds and try for a Stephen Drew or Alexei Ramirez, or go a little deeper for Ian Desmond. (Cory Schwartz)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Cuban refugee card has been played once too many? For every Alexei Ramirez there seem to be a whole lot more that cash the check but never find success in the states.
(JD from AZ)
Perhaps. Same way for every Amare Stoudemire out of high school there were 10 Darius Miles's. Regardless, increasing scouting ability on an international level is a big way to develop a roster or farm system in a not-so-traditional manner and it isn't suddenly going to stop. If anything, I would think teams will be interested in enhancing their scouting overseas in order to do a better job of pinpointing the Alexei's. (Eric Seidman)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)For a year where there weren't any SS to be had, it sure appears like there are a lot of SS to be had. Bartlett, Hardy, Drew, Alexei Ramirez, Jeter!, OCab, then on through to Ian Desmond, Nishioka, Brendan Ryan, Ryan Theriot, and down to Punto, Tejada, Augie Ojada and anyone else. Was it a bad year for SS, or just for decent ones?
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
Some of those names said to be available I just don't quite get -- not that you're wrong in naming them. Why wouldn't a team want to keep guys like Drew or Ramirez, given how rare any offensive production from a shortstop has become? There's a lot of guys out there, but not too many I like.

Going from Ryan to Theriot mystifies me, BTW, because Ryan's glove is a godsend behind all those groundball pitchers in Busch, and it's not like Theriot is Arky Vaughan or something. I can see trying to upgrade on offense, but I'm not convincd the possible improvement at the plate is worth the defensive hit. (Ken Funck)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)With all of the different types of fantasy games out there (roto, sim, scoresheet), what's your favorite and why?
(John from Seattle)
I'm a head-to-head guy, honestly. Roto is great, but I feel like I kind of set that on Sunday and leave it for the week (though I check to make upgrades and such, obviously). Head-to-head is so much more in the moment for me, since I can track it as it goes. This time of year is especially exciting--we had a playoff game in my league decided by Alexei Ramirez driving in a run or not on Sunday night baseball. (Marc Normandin)
2009-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Gordon Beckham now a thirdbaseman, or does he ever become a regular up the middle?
(jlebeck66 from WI)
The White Sox absolutely need to get him to SS, preferably, next year. I'd settle for 2B, but simply put, allowing Alexei Ramirez to stand in the way of a clearly superior player is baseball malpractice. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Wieters, Gordan Beckham, are you surprised Beckham's off to the better start?
(john from ct)
A little.

This gives me a chance to follow up on something I wrote the other day, about using Beckham to get Halladay. I really like Gordon Beckham as a player, but if the White Sox are locked into Alexei Ramirez at shortstop, they won't maximize Beckham's value. It is in that case, and that case only, that trading him makes sense. If he's a third baseman, he's good, not great. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Scotty Pods experiment for the White Sox? Is there anything left in he tank speed wise?
(Ozzie from Chicago)
He's a marginal fifth outfielder.

The White Sox started Brent Lillibridge in CF and Alexei Ramirez at SS last night. Just flipping them would be a nice start. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the problem with Alexei Ramirez?
(Chris from NJ)
This has been stuck in the queue for a calendar year, I presume.

He's not that great at baseball. Good tools that enable him to do some things, but the skills are nowhere to be found. Juan Samuel with less upside. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the ETA on Gordon Beckham. He's been tearing it up in AA. Also, do you see him moving to 2B in the majors? He's still at SS in the minors.
(bam022 from Chicago)
The reason to play him at short is so that you'll move Ramirez to CF, but that presumes Ramirez improves on last year and is better overall than Anderson. I don't think you move Ramirez to 2B, because he's terrible there and the bat doesn't play.

At what point do we scratch our heads and wonder why we're making so many decisions around Alexei Ramirez? Maybe he should be the supersub, starting four days a week at four positions and pinch-running for Jim Thome the other days. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)3 players on the cusp. Nate McClouth - without Bay and Nady behind him, do we expect 2008 final numbers or doulbe the second half? Ervin Santana - Can he repeat last year, or will he be as eratic as in his past? Alexei Ramirez - Soriano-lite or will the MLB pitchers adjust to him this year? Thank you
(BPKevin from NYC)
McLouth is going to be a massive disappointment. His defense was awful, hardware aside, and his season was 30 great days and then generic outfielder thereafter. I like Santana to be a top-15 starter in the AL, right around what he did last year. Ramirez... yeah, Soriano Lite is a decent description. .280/.310/.460 or so. I'm curious as to whether his defense develops at shortstop. If he can't be at least average with the glove somewhere, he can't play. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do I improve my offense in the off season?
(Kenny Williams from California)
Was there anything really wrong with it? It was predicated on the home run and I'd like to see more focus on some on-base guys, but I could say that about 20 teams. A healthy Carlos Quentin, a more experienced Alexei Ramirez, and hope that they can get similar performances from Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye is their big hope. That's going to be a really tough division next year and I think the Sox have more room to improve than most of the other teams there. (Will Carroll)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Evan Longoria on the DL, do you think White Sox 2B Alexei Ramirez has a chance to win the AL Rookie of the Year?
(Bryan from Manteno, IL)
I don't think he has enough in the stats department to be leading, especially when there are some pitchers with more production than he has around. Galarraga has been very good, and Joba is a media darling, so if Longoria doesn't get it I'd look towards one of those guys. (Marc Normandin)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is this the real Alexei Ramirez?
(AMan from IN)
Probably. He has tools and absolutely no idea what he's doing with them. He reminds me of Shawon Dunston, or the infield version of Jeff Francaeiour. There's almost no way to be a star walking twice a month. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Indians and Tigers playoff chances going forward? The Sox are anywhere from 55-70 percent favorites from the 3 BP odds reports. That sounds accurate to you?
(colintj from a2)
Given where those three teams are right now and the underlying causes for how they got there, I think that sounds about right. Cleveland has lost Jake Westbrook for the season, they've lost Victor Martinez for awhile, Travis Hafner has joined the ranks of the undead, and Rafael Betancourt is looking pretty clammy and monosyllabic as well. Detroit is out Bonderman already, the rest of their rotation is a mess, we don't know how well their bullpen can hold up, and they have to dig their way out of a sizeable hole. Meanwhile in Chicago we've seen guys like Carlos Quentin, Alexei Ramirez, Gavin Floyd, and John Danks start to deliver on their promise even as the offense in general has underachieved. The Sox lead isn't insurmountable but given the run differentials and the injury situations I'd place my nickel on them. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of playing time can we expect for Alexei Ramirez? Will he be a factor by the 2nd half of the season?
(Daniel from TX)
I'd expect at least 400 PA, especially when Uribe hands back the starting job at second base, so he'll be a factor sooner than the second half. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Jerry Owens plays 162 games and hits lead off for the White Sox how many wins would it cost them? Opposed to Swisher batting lead off and Quentin taking Owens' ABs.
(westy21 from Chicago)
I don't think the White Sox are going to screw around with Jerry Owens too much. They're tired of being cutesy and there are some jobs on the line there. They also like Alexei Ramirez a good deal, who is having a *great* spring, although whether they consider him an outfielder or an infielder isn't quite clear. (Nate Silver)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesHey Joe, Alexei Ramirez ... ahh, you get the point. (Will Carroll)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff Gameshotstatrat (Toronto): Ed Brink-O-Meter Brinkman was the shortstop and MVP of the 1972 division winning Detroit Tigers. His O+S was .538.

To quote Lou Reed, "You know, those were different times."

Griffey hits a non-threatening flyball to left, and Alexei Ramirez now has his own version of an epic at-bat, fouling stuff off left and right. Even if he gets out of this, chances are good the Wheeler won't be available in a close game tommorow, as he has one one so far and is about to throw his 20th pitch off the inning. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesWhat kind of odds could I have gotten that Shield wouldn't walk a guy until the seventh inning, ann that when he did, the batter would be Alexei Ramirez?

100-1? 500-1? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesMaybe it was just my location or social circle or what, but the whole New Wave thing, or what I came to call "K-Rock music" when I lived in LA, never happened. New Order was a reason to turn off MTV.

We were all early rap and freestyle dance here in NY.

I think I've seen about 70% of Alexei Ramirez's walks this year.

(Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesYinka Double Dare (Chicago): Can you guys talk bad about some other White Sox guys? You called Vazquez underrated and he stunk it up, you ripped Wise being in the lineup and didn't like Richard coming in and both of them have (quite surprisingly) contributed nicely. Say some bad things about the rest of the Sox hitters, will ya?

Alexei Ramirez will be an All-Star next year.

Happy? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesBill (New Mexico): If the Angels (stupidly, IMO) non-tender Figgins, where does he wind up?

I can't help but think the White Sox might be a fit. Cabrera and Crede both seem outbound, there's talk of moving Alexei Ramirez to short (possibly making room for Chris Getz at second) and they seem a bit diffident about Josh Fields. Figgy and Getz at the top of the order would be an improvement on the current choices, and would certainly give Ozzie room to selectively indulge in the MSM meaning of "Ozzieball." (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In GameWith that, I know I'm off to make like Mr. Law and whip up something tasty (orange-marinated pork with a mandarin rind-rub), but talk about tremendous additions to the seasons of Floyd and Alexei Ramirez; I wonder what the odds are of the Cubano's adding that all-important fifth rookie slam might be. To everyone who rode out the technical hiccups and chimed in today, many thanks, CK out. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In GameBil's exactly right... the development of Getz really puts the Sox in a potentially nice situation as far as moving Alexei Ramirez somewhere else on the diamond, should they choose to, and Getz certainly has more upside than Richar. The question's really what was Griffey for, because playing center is something he really shouldn't be attempting at this late date in his career. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In GameSorry -- family vehicle situation. Had to change a flat tire ... what'd I miss? :)

Great moment for Alexei Ramirez. Have to love what he's been able to do. (Will Carroll)
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In GameWas it just me, or did Alexei Ramirez have his fists in the air before the bat hit the ground? Wow. (Ben Murphy)
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In Gamemurraygd13 (MN) wonders, "If you managed the Twins would you give any thought to starting Liriano tomorrow on 3 days rest if need be? He had a short outing last time against the Royals so he should be rested and he would neutralize Pierzynski, Griffey and Thome some. I have an eerie feeling Blackburn could get shelled tomorrow."

I think that's a pretty tough call, in that the Sox have their share of guys who'd really rather face lefties as well: Konkerko, Juan Uribe, Alexei Ramirez, even Dye to some extent. And then you get into questions of how to line up your rotation once/if you win... Blackburn got clobbered his last time on the bump in the Cell, but he did decently his first two times around. Getting routed by the Orioles' or Rays' lineups is a lot different from facing this Sox lineup. (Christina Kahrl)
 

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