The Padres finally got their starting Short-Stop. It has been quite some time since San Diego has had a go-to starter at one of the most important positions on the field. After last year’s disaster of an experiment with Clint Barmes and Alexi Amarista, the Padres signed 2014 All Star Alexei Ramirez to a 1-year contract.
San Diego’s search for a starting Short-Stop has been well documented this offseason, as many familiar with the team have pointed to the position as one of the most glaring needs. For much of the offseason, Padres were connected with former Washington National Ian Desmond to take on the role. Although Desmond has had a solid career, it is easy to argue that Ramirez is by far the superior player defensively.
Both players are in the second halves of their careers, however Ramirez is a bit older at 33 years old and 1 extra Major League season under his belt, whereas Ian Desmond is only 29 years old. Ian has averaged more home runs year to year than Alexei (19 vs 14). However, Alexei Ramirez has a better career batting average than Ian Desmond (.273 vs .264). Not only that, but Ian has seen more of a drop in his overall production the last 2 years than Alexei.
Ramirez will definitely not be the player that saves the Padres franchise or even pushes them into playoff contention. With that said, he is finally a trust worthy everyday player you can rely on. Furthermore, defensive fielding in the diamond last year was quite an issue and Ramirez is expected to bring some consistency which will go a long way with the confidence of the pitching staff.
The former forever Chicago White Sox player will now have a second chance at life with the Padres. Friar faithful are hoping he can be the upgrade at the position that everyone hopes.