Contrary to previous reports, the Miami Marlins are not pursuing Prince Fielder and are not planning to trade infielder Hanley Ramirez, according a tweet from Joe Capozzi, Marlins beat writer for The Palm Beach Post.
"Marlins are NOT in on prince fielder & do not plan to trade Hanley Ramirez," Capozzi tweeted, adding that Ramirez "has not asked for contract restructure."
It had been believed that the Marlins would pursue the slugging Fielder after being unable to lure Albert Pujols to Florida as part of their active offseason.
Three-time All-Star Ramirez has played shortstop for the Marlins since 2006, but is expected to move to third base to make way for free agent signee Jose Reyes. ESPN's Buster Olney, among others, had reported Ramirez's desire for a trade as well as his request for a restructured deal. It was this request, according to Olney, that caused the Marlins to consider trading their former shortstop. Ramirez signed a $70 million deal with the Marlins in 2009, which keeps him under club control through 2014.