MLB notes: Ramirez balks at move?

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez grins as he looks to first base after he threw out New...

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez grins as he looks to first base after he threw out New York Mets batter Ronny Paulino for the final out of their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York July 18, 2011. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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Hanley Ramirez has told the Marlins he doesn't want to move to third base to make room for new shortstop Jose Reyes, ESPNDeportes reported Wednesday.

"Hanley doesn't want to play third base and the Marlins were informed of that," a source said. "Rather than ask for a trade, what he has done is to inform (the team) that he doesn't want to play another position other than shortstop."

The Marlins say they have no intention of trading him and deny reports that the infielder has asked for his contract to be restructured.

Miami finalized a six-year deal Wednesday with Reyes, 28. The contract is believed to be worth a minimum of $106 million for the former New York Met and includes an option for a seventh season.

Ramirez said Tuesday on his Twitter account: "What I can do now is work hard and be prepared for next season because that's all that I can control, I love you all!"

Ramirez has three years remaining on a six-year contract extension he signed with Florida in 2008. He is owed $47 million.

BEDARD A PIRATE

Canadian Erik Bedard has agreed on a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The deal is believed to be worth $4.5 million for the left-hander from Navan. Ont., but is pending a physical.

Bedard, 32, was fifth in AL Cy Young Award balloting in 2007 but has struggled with injuries since then.

He pitched for the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox in 2011, making 24 starts and going 5-9 with a 3.62 earned-run average.

Bedard missed the 2010 season because of injuries and was limited to just 15 starts in each of the previous two seasons. For his career, Bedard is 56-50 with a 3.70 ERA in 168 games for the Baltimore Orioles, Mariners and Red Sox.

Bedard will be the Pirates' lone left-handed starter and, if healthy, could be their opening-day starter.

PADRES HAVE STREET SMARTS

The Colorado Rockies have traded closer Huston Street to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named.

The Padres are expected to take on Street's $7.5-million salary for 2012.

Street, who also has a $9 million option for 2013, saved 29 games in 33 tries last season, with a 3.86 earned-run average. His numbers are expected to improve in pitcher-friendly Petco Park.

Rafael Betancourt, who assumed the closer's role when Street was on the disabled list last August, likely will take it on full time.

San Diego lost its previous closer, free-agent Heath Bell, to the Miami Marlins this week.

METS, GIANTS DEAL

The New York Mets made it official Wednesday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez and outfielder Andres Torres from the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Angel Pagan.

Ramirez, 30, was 3-3 with four saves and a 2.62 earned-run average in 66 games last season.

Torres, 33, had fallen out of favour in San Francisco last season, hitting just .221 in 112 games.

The Mets expect a defensive upgrade with Torres over Pagan. The latter, a 33-year-old switch-hitter, hit .262 last season.

MCCARVER HONOURED

Television analyst Tim McCarver was selected Wednesday as the 2012 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.

"Tim McCarver has been the face and voice of baseball's biggest moments on national television," Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said, praising the former catcher's wit , Intuition and passion for the game.

"Tim's journey in reaching baseball broadcasting's highest honour has connected generations of New York Mets fans as well as audiences across the country for more than 30 years."

McCarver, 70, will be honoured as part of Hall of Fame weekend, July 20-23, in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The other finalists were Skip Caray, Rene Cardenas, late Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, Bill King, Tim McCarver, Graham McNamee, Eric Nadel and Mike Shannon.

BRIEFLY

The New York Yankees submitted the highest posting bid for Hiroyuki Nakajima, giving them an exclusive 30-day negotiating window to work out a deal with the Seibu Lions shortstop. The winning bid was believed to be $2 million.

Nakajima, 29, is a career .302 hitter in Japan and has managed at least 16 home runs and 15 stolen bases in each of the last four seasons ... Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been selected as the winner of the Edgar Martinez Award as outstanding designated hitter for a sixth time. Ortiz was first among DHs in home runs (28), RBI (94), runs scored (82), walks (76), total bases (287) and slugging percentage (.561).


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