Several big-market teams are reportedly interested in Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, including the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.
Ramirez is signed through 2015, with a $10 million team option for 2016. The 33-year-old was an All-Star in 2014 and won his second career Silver Slugger Award on Thursday.
According to CBS Chicago, the Mets have been the team most aggressive in pursuing a shortstop over the last year and have also "extensively" looked at Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and free agents Asdrubal Cabrera and Hanley Ramirez, the latter of whom is expected to turn down a qualifying offer recently given by the Dodgers.
The Yankees are in need of a shortstop following the retirement of Derek Jeter.
Ramirez hit .273 with 15 home runs, 74 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2014. He was second among MLB shortstops in hits, third in RBI and fifth in slugging percentage.
- Molly Geary