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Teams showing interest in free agent Alexei

Infielder exploring options; return to White Sox a possibility

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Free-agent shortstop Alexei Ramirez is taking advantage of having the General Managers Meetings near his Miami home. He has met with at least one team face to face and will talk to at least one more this week, according to a source.

Ramirez became a free agent when the White Sox declined to pick up his option for 2016. The shortstop hasn't closed the door on possibly returning to the White Sox, but he is exploring other options, which could include moving to second base.

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The White Sox made the decision last week regarding Ramirez, 34, who batted .249 with 33 doubles, 10 homers, 62 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases in 154 games during the 2015 season. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Monday he expected Ramirez to get some interest from other teams.

"He's a proven commodity and you have a decent idea of what you're going to get moving forward," Hahn said. "It's a fairly scarce position, so I'm sure his market will be strong."

One element in Ramirez's favor is his durability; he's averaged 157 games played in the last six seasons.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.
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