After speaking with Hanley Ramirez on Tuesday, new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen isn't ruling out the possibility of Ramirez playing a position other than shortstop next year.
Guillen said his talk with Ramirez was mostly personal and involved "nothing about the ballclub" or his expectations for the 27-year-old shortstop, although he reiterated that he does expect a lot from the three-time All-Star. When asked directly if he could see a scenario where Ramirez does not play shortstop, Guillen didn't respond strongly one way or the other.
"I just got there, and I just want him on the field no matter where," Guillen said. "If he has to be a shortstop, it's shortstop. If he has to be somewhere else, I just want this kid to be on the field every day. That's what I'm looking for. The conversation was great, but you know me. It's up to the Marlins, what they have in mind, what they want to do. The longer this kid's on the field there and giving me at-bats every day, that's what I need."
Ramirez seemed open during the season to the idea of playing a different position if the Marlins sign a free agent such as Jose Reyes, a fellow shortstop from Ramirez's native Dominican Republic. Unless the Marlins acquire a big-name free agent shortstop like Reyes or Jimmy Rollins, it seems unlikely that Ramirez would change positions.
As for the rest of the conversation, Guillen said he asked Ramirez about his shoulder injury and discussed a coach both men knew.
"It's nothing about what I want from him or what I need from the team or give me a scoop on this guy," Guillen said. "No, that's my job to find out. It was just personal stuff."
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.