Marlins might not be interested in Ramirez
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org September 28, 2011 10:58PM
Aramis Ramirez’s first choice is staying with the Cubs, but he admires Ozzie Guillen. | Denis Poroy~Getty Images
Updated: November 11, 2011 5:19PM
SAN DIEGO — Despite Aramis Ramirez’s willingness to put the Florida Marlins on a short list of teams he’d consider signing with as a free agent, the Marlins are more likely to look at internal options, according to a source close to the Marlins.
New manager Ozzie Guillen, who has told colleagues he’s open to taking family friend Carlos Zambrano to Miami next season, wouldn’t comment on the likelihood of trying to acquire Ramirez, Zambrano or even his longtime White Sox horse, Mark Buehrle.
But he told the Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley, “They’ve already asked me about a few [Chicago players], yes. But I’m going to let them ask me. I’m not going to say, ‘Hey, bring that guy.’
“But it’s nice when you see and hear from guys that they want to play for you. People want to play for Miami. That’s a plus. We’ll see.’’
Ramirez, whose first choice is to stay with the Cubs, has long admired Guillen as a manager and says that’s part of why he’d consider the Marlins.
“He knows how it is because he played the game,’’ Ramirez said. “No disrespect to all the other managers that haven’t — that doesn’t mean they don’t respect the players. I don’t think [Mike Quade] played a lot. But I never had any problem with him. I respect him, and he respects me back. But it’s a little different when you get a guy who played the game and knows how things work.’’
Starlin Castro’s eighth-inning double in the Cubs’ 9-2 loss Wednesday night to the San Diego Padres turned out to be a Hall of Fame moment for the kid shortstop. His jersey from the game is headed to Cooperstown.
It was hit No. 207 for Castro, who moved past Joe DiMaggio and Hal Trosky with the fifth-highest hit total since 1900 for a player 21 or younger (Lloyd Waner in 1927 tops the list with 223).
‘‘It’s awesome,’’ Castro said of his immortalized shirt.
Dempster to return
Don’t look for any drama surrounding the $14 million player option for next year belonging to Opening Day starter Ryan Dempster, who pitched well between an April slump and a rough outing in the finale.
He expects to return next season, he said after the game.
‘‘Yeah,’’ he said. ‘‘We’ll take a look at things and see how everything’s looking and what their plans are, and we’ll go from there.’’
Dempster (10-14, 4.80 ERA) reached 200 innings for the fourth consecutive season and seventh time in his career, despite giving up a grand slam and three-run homer in 52/3 innings.
‘‘I don’t really like finishing the season that way, but it is what it is,’’ he said. ‘‘And I’m proud of the way I battled all year and was able to go out there and make my starts.’’