Hanley Ramirez is not only recovering nicely from shoulder surgery, he's also warming up to the idea of switching positions. According to a report out of the Dominican Republic, Ramirez says he's set to move to third base in order to make room for newly signed shortstop Jose Reyes.
"I've spoken with (Ozzie) Guillen, and what we both want is to win with the Marlins," Ramirez told the Associated Press in Spanish. "When we get to January, we'll see what happens with the position change and everything else. If it's at third, fine. Wherever they put me, I'll do it in order to win."
It's been an uncomfortable past month or so for the Marlins and Ramirez, who was hardly gung-ho about the Reyes signing in terms of what it meant to him, specifically a move from short to third base. He repeatedly told reporters "I'm a shortstop" when pressed about the matter, and his representatives told the team in November that Ramirez wasn't thrilled about making the move.
Guillen, obviously, has been talking to Ramirez.
Ramirez said he is 95 percent recovered from surgery on his left shoulder, and he is expected to begin baseball activities within the coming days.
"I'm very happy, better than ever," Ramirez said. "We're the new Marlins. I'm also a new Hanley. Good things are coming for this upcoming season."