Ramirez is a product of the Red Sox farm system. He was considered their top prospect before being traded to the then Florida Marlins for ace Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell. While those two were key pieces in the 2007 World Series Championship, Ramirez has gone on to prove his top prospect status was well deserved. He was Rookie of the Year in 2006, has been named to three All-Star games, and even has a batting title to his name. He is a career .300 hitter who averages 25 home runs and 35 steals per 162 games. However, the steals stat is somewhat misleading; Ramirez has not stolen more than 21 bases since 2010.
Adam Katz, Ramirez's agent, has not commented on Ramirez's plans. He will be looking to get paid, but a long-term contract may be tough to come by for the soon-to-be 31 year old who has had some trouble staying healthy recently. If the Red Sox offer a five year, $90 million deal, like the one I proposed in an earlier piece, it may be difficult for Ramirez to turn down $18 million annually and the chance to come to a team that is all but certain to spend and trade to put a winning team together for 2015.