Alexei 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 went 4-for-5 with an RBI single, a double and two runs in Sunday's season-ending 6-4 victory over the Rangers. The veteran infielder closed things out on a high note, hitting .438 (7-for-16) over his last four games. It was Ramirez's fourth multi-hit effort since his first game with the Rays on Sept. 8 and he finishes the season with a .241/.277/.333 line that includes six homer and 48 RBI over 478 at-bats with San Diego and Tampa.
Ramirez is out of the lineup Thursday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Ramirez has started three consecutive games, but will sit out of Thursday's contest. In his place, Brad Miller will start at shortstop and hit cleanup.
Ramirez is out of the lineup Thursday night against the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Ramirez will sit out after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Wednesday's outing. With Ramirez not in the lineup, Brad Miller will start at shortstop and hit cleanup against Yovani Gallardo and the Orioles.
Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer Tuesday in a 6-2 win over the Blue Jays. Ramirez's blast came in the fifth inning with the Rays down 2-0, turning the tide for the Rays against a Blue Jays team with a superior record. It was Ramirez's sixth homer and brought his batting average up to .241. He has 44 RBI and 34 runs scored in 431 at-bats on the year.
Ramirez signed with the Rays on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. With Matt Duffy missing the rest of the season, Ramirez will likely see frequent time at shortstop for the remainder of the year. He hasn't brought much value to the plate, as he owns a .240/.275/.330 line, well below his career mark of .270/.307/.393.