SS - FA
With the season ending surgery to SS Matt Duffy, the Rays have signed veteran Alexei Ramirez to fill in for the rest of the season. Ramirez is not expected to be a solution at SS past this season.
Ramirez will have little fantasy impact this season. This also assures the Rays will not be calling up IF Tim Beckham from AAA, who could have auditioned for a larger role next year.
Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-4 on Sunday against the Rockies, with one run scored, one RBI, and his sixth stolen base of the season.
Ramirez doesn't do much to help fantasy owners, but he's at least on pace for 15 steals now. He's a decent NL-only option, but probably isn't in consideration for a roster spot in mixed leagues outside those with a deep bench.
Alexei Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base on Tuesday against the Braves. Ramirez now has a 10-game hitting streak.
Ramirez isn't going to wow you with his numbers, but after an ice cold start is now at least on pace for eight homers and 14 steals. He's someone you can plug into your middle infield slot in mixed leagues if you just need someone to hold the fort for a few weeks.
Alexei Ramirez went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, five RBI, and two home runs on Wednesday against the Mariners.
On the list of players who had a chance to hit two home runs in a game in 2016, Ramirez would have been at the bottom. He now has three home runs and 22 RBI on the season, hardly the numbers of a power hitter. It's worth noting that all three of Ramirez's home runs have come in the last four games, and he's a notoriously slow starter. He could become a relevant middle infield option in mixed leagues if he gets hot.
Alexei Ramirez went 1-for-4 on Sunday against the Diamondbacks, including his first home run of the season.
Ramirez's days of being relevant in mixed leagues are over, but it's worth noting that he generally hits better toward the second half of the season. He can be on your radar in NL-only leagues, but is still far from being a reliable option.