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Word this afternoon is that the Mets are unlikely to pursue Hanley Ramirez, once the Boston Red Sox release him. The Sox designated Ramirez for assignment earlier today, and are not expected to find a trade partner, meaning that Ramirez will be a free agent after seven days.
Why not the Mets, you ask?
Well, a few hours ago I was preparing to write a column arguing for this configuration: Yoenis Cespedes in left field, Michael Conforto in center, Jay Bruce and Brandon Nimmo in right, and Bruce and Ramirez platooning at first.
I ran this by some baseball folks, as I often do to test opinions, and one non-Mets evaluator told me to look at Ramirez's OPS against lefthanded pitching over the past three years versus Wilmer Flores'.
Here it is:
2018 .499 in 51 PA
Ramirez's only significant advantage comes in the small sample size of this season. Over the past three years, Flores had been as good or better as a platoon first baseman than Ramirez, with more defensive versatility. He is also more likeable in a clubhouse. Also, Adrian Gonzalez has been fine from the left side, so there is no pressing need to shake up first base.
The other side of the argument is that Ramirez has more left than either Jose Bautista or Jose Reyes. But the numbers show that he's not enough of an upgrade over Flores for that role to make a roster shakeup worthwhile.