The slumping Alexei Ramirez could sit for multiple games as the White Sox take a look at Jayson Nix at shortstop. Manager Ozzie Guillen explained his decision by saying "I need some offense," and the Chicago Tribune indicates that Nix has an opportunity to take the starting job if he plays well. It's time to add him in AL-only leagues if he's not owned already. Source: Chicago Tribune
Holy smokes, I'm hoping this guy was going to be one of my cheap saviors, lose his job? I'm hoping this is just Ozzie being Ozzie, this kids was too good and has too bright of a future to just bench his ass.
C- Montero/Napoli 1B-Pujols 2B-Cano SS-Jeter 3B-Wright OF-Dunn, J. Upton, Ichiro UT-Chris Young Bench - Carlos Lee, Pierre, Aramis
He was a bit of a slow starter last year and he really turned it on around June. He lived in Cuba all his life, maybe he doesn't like the cold weather.
All I can say is...hang in there. You won't get much in return by trading him now, so you are probably better off leaving him on the bench and hope he gets hot. Ozzie can be Ozzie all he wants, but at the end of the day, it's Jayson Nix we are talking about here.
i dunno... everyone is very high for a guy who has only played one year and is just about 29... i'm sure he'll come around but i dont feel he is an elite SS like he was picked at the beginning of the year.
SS Alexei Ramirez has lost his starting job to Jayson Nix, manager Ozzie Guillen said Wednesday. Ramirez has continued to struggle at the plate, going 4-for-20 on the road trip. "It's not a rest," Guillen said before Wednesday's game with Detroit was postponed. "I always tell my players give yourself a chance, get good at-bats, but when you see one at-bat after another, after another, after another, and no results, no adjustments. We talked to Alexei a few times, I don't mind 0-for-4, I don't mind struggle, I don't mind a slump. But how you are in that slump, do something about it. I need some offense, and that's why I'm going to put Nix out there." Guillen was then asked if it was a temporary move or long-term, and he couldn't give an answer. The way Guillen sees it, Nix, and even Ramirez to some extent, will answer that question in the next week. "I'm not going to say (Ramirez is) in the doghouse, I'm not going to say I'm punishing him for that, but I want to let people know, not just him, we have to play as a team and we have to see people on the field that can help us," Guillen said. "There's one thing about Nix. I never fall in love with any players until they show me they can play in the big leagues. But he's got three games, two games, and every at-bat, this kid fights. He might not get a hit, but he will fight." (Yahoo! Sports)