Ramirez had one of his best seasons in 2008, hitting a combined .332 with 37 home runs and 121 RBIs for the Red Sox and Dodgers, but he wouldn't be a good fit in Washington for two reasons. For one, the Nationals are overloaded with right-handed-hitting outfielders, plus he's 36 years old. The Nationals have often said that they are looking for players for the long term.
Ramirez's agent is Scott Boras, and the source said the only Boras client the Nationals had serious interest in was Mark Teixeira, who agreed to terms on an eight-year, $180 million deal with the Yankees on Dec. 23.
General manager Jim Bowden and team president Stan Kasten were not available for comment.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.