Alexei Ramirez Signs With Padres
Former Chicago White Sox shortstop, Alexei Ramirez is now a member of the San Diego Padres, according to sources.
CBS Sports reports that the free agent and the Padres agreed to a one year deal, pending a physical, but the dollar amount has yet to be announced. The 34 year-old has been with the White Sox franchise his entire professional career, maintaining a .273 batting average and hitting 109 homers in his eight years of play.
Ramirez became a free agent this offseason after the White Sox denied a $10 million option that was on his contract. The Padres needed a veteran shortstop to fill a void that their infield had in 2015. San Diego did acquire 20- year-old shortstop Javier Guerra in the Craig Kimbrel trade with the Boston Red Sox, but is still working his way through the minors so he is at least two years from making his MLB debut, making it a necessity to sign a shortstop now.