A year of Hanley Ramirez

July, 25, 2013
7/25/13
6:26
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- A year ago Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins along with reliever Randy Choate for a pair of young pitchers.

It took a bit longer than they had hoped, but that trade is starting to have the impact the Dodgers envisioned.

Last season was a mixed bag for Ramirez. He batted .271, struck out at a disturbing clip and played a shaky shortstop, but he also drove in 44 runs in 64 games and slugged .450.

This season, when he's been healthy, he has been the most devastating hitter in the major leagues. Among players with at least 150 plate appearances, his 1.126 OPS ranks No. 1 in baseball. Though healthy for less than two months, he has accumulated 3.1 wins above replacement (WAR).

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the team has had "zero issues," with Ramirez, who has played both third base and shortstop in Los Angeles, in the last year. Ramirez clashed with two of his managers in Miami.

Considering Mattingly managed a team that struggled to score runs last July, he was thrilled when general manager Ned Colletti landed Ramirez, a former batting champion and Rookie of the Year.

"You don't find very many Hanleys out there," Mattingly said.

Meanwhile, Nathan Eovaldi is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in Miami and the Scott McGough, 23, just reached Triple-A (after pitching to a 2.08 ERA at Double-A Jacksonville). Choate signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Here are lineups for Thursday night:

Cincinnati
1. Shin-Soo Choo CF
2. Xavier Paul LF
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Brandon Phillips 2B
5. Jay Bruce RF
6. Todd Frazier 3B
7. Devin Mesoraco C
8. Cesar Izturis SS
9. Mat Latos RHP

Dodgers
1. Carl Crawford LF
2. Yasiel Puig RF
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Hanley Ramirez SS
5. Andre Ethier CF
6. A.J. Ellis C
7. Skip Schumaker 2B
8. Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
9. Zack Greinke RHP

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.296 13 59 73
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 19
RBIA. Gonzalez 91
RY. Puig 73
OPSY. Puig .869
WC. Kershaw 16
ERAC. Kershaw 1.73
SOC. Kershaw 194