Hanley Ramirez says he’ll accept a position switch to third base so Miami Marlins newcomer Jose Reyes can play shortstop.
When Reyes signed a $106 million, six-year deal with Miami last month, there was speculation Ramirez was unhappy about being supplanted at short. But new manager Ozzie Guillen sold Ramirez on the idea.
With Reyes at shortstop and Ramirez at third, the Marlins become stronger defensively at both positions, and more potent offensively. Reyes hit .337 with the New York Mets last year to win the NL batting title, and Ramirez — a career .306 hitter — was the 2009 batting champ.
The two Dominicans are friendly, although Reyes recently said he hadn’t heard from his fellow All-Star since signing.