Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Phillies to meet with Ramirez's agent

DALLAS — Paul Kinzer, the agent for Aramis Ramirez, said he has a meeting scheduled Monday night with the Phillies.

Phillies to meet with Ramirez's agent

0 comments
According to a report, Phillies are looking to pick up Chicago Cubs´ third baseman Aramis Ramirez.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
According to a report, Phillies are looking to pick up Chicago Cubs' third baseman Aramis Ramirez. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

DALLAS — Paul Kinzer, the agent for Aramis Ramirez, said he has a meeting scheduled Monday night with the Phillies.

Kinzer arrived at the Anatole Hilton in the early evening amid rumors that the Phillies viewed his client as an alternative solution to retaining Jimmy Rollins. Ruben Amaro Jr. categorized his meeting Sunday night at the winter meetings with Rollins' agent Dan Lozano as "fine," but rumors surfaced early Monday that the Phillies were aggressively exploring alternatives.

Ramirez, 33, is a free agent after completing a five-year, $73 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. If the Phillies were to move on from Rollins, Ramirez would play third and either Freddy Galvis or a veteran stopgap would man shortstop. FoxSports.com reported the Phillies were "actively shopping" Placido Polanco to ascertain his possible trade value.

Even if the Phillies are enamored with an alternative solution to Rollins, Amaro said he owes a certain amount of leeway to the longtime Phillies shortstop before ending the relationship.

More coverage
 
Phillies Zone: Sherrill may be what Phillies are looking for
 
High Cheese: Reports: Phillies pursue Ramirez, shop Polanco
 
Phillies Zone: Rollins takes a hard line in negotiations
 
Phillies Zone: What does Reyes deal mean for Rollins?
 
For Phillies, no saving Madson
 
Nix agrees to deal with Phillies

"We deserve to give the proper timing to Jimmy's situation," Amaro said. "As I've said, our goal is to bring Jimmy back."

But Amaro admitted the current market, which appears to be limited, means he can wait out Rollins' demands.

"Honestly, there is no rush to do anything," Amaro said of Rollins.

The sticking point, of course, is the length of Rollins' next contract.


Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer's beat writers and columnists.

Jake Kaplan Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Breen Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter