Rays sign veteran Alexei Ramirez to fill hole at SS
UPDATE, 5:55: Cash said, as expected, that Ramirez will be used to help fill the shortstop hole over the final three weeks. "Excited that the opportunity presented itself for us to acquire him,'' Cash said. "He's played a lot of shortstop, he's had a lengthy major-league career.'' Cash said Franklin and Miller will both play SS as well, with Franklin likely to get the most. "We thought (Ramirez) he was a guy that can provide some extra depth for us down this last month,'' Cash said.
UPDATE, 4:57: Ramirez said, via team interpreter George Pappas, he was "definitely very happy for the opportunity to be here with the Rays." He said he had been home in San Diego the last few days relaxing and was ready to go, and is willing to play anywhere the Rays want him to.
DEVELOPING: The Rays signed veteran Alexei Ramirez to help fill the hole at shortstop with Matt Duffy shut down for the rest of the season.
Ramirez, 34, spent his first eight big-league seasons with the White Sox, winning two Silver Slugger awards and making the 2014 All-Star team. He signed with the Padres for 2016, hitting .240 with 5 homers, 41 RBIs and a career-low .605 OPS and was released last week.
The Rays had planned to use Brad Miller and Nick Franklin at short, but both play other positions to the signing of Ramirez gives them some depth.
It also furthers the strong message the Rays sent to Tim Beckham and Taylor Motter in not calling them up, in that they went out to get someone else.