Originally Posted by voodoochile
If Ramirez can continue to perform at a high level for the next 4 years they would be foolish to trade him for less than a huge return. He's in incredible shape and plays every single day. Guys like that don't normally fall off the cliff at 33. This team is not that far from the playoffs.
I'd be entirely with you if I thought this level of play is sustainable, but what Alexei's done so far is a huge outlier compared to the rest of his career. It would be hard to stomach holding onto a 33 year old player playing over his head as a rebuilding team, especially considering his value will never be higher. We may be able to get a legitimate pitching prospect for him this year -- I don't know how you could turn that down given the massive hole we have in our rotation tight now, without much help in sight in the minors.
That said it will be a sad day whenever he's gone, whatever the circumstances may be. Love watching Alexei play.