“It’s sad to see Hanley go to another team,” Reyes said. “We developed a great relationship. I feel he was one of my real good friends on the team.”
After losing in Ramirez’s first game, Los Angeles remained 2 1-2 games behind NL West-leading San Francisco. The Dodgers followed a 32-15 start by losing 31 of their next 52.
“You never know what a change of scenery will do for somebody,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. “We see him as one of our main guys.”
After filing for bankruptcy in 2011, the Dodgers were bought from Frank McCourt for $2 billion on May 1 in a move that led to Stan Kasten becoming team president.
Ramirez has a $15 million salary this year and is owed $15.5 million next year and $16 million in 2013.
“We’re not going to let money stand in the way of a true baseball deal. And if we can improve the club, the financial piece of it will always be there,” Colletti said. “It’s kind of a liberating thing because we’re able to make a baseball trade. We found a player that we really like, that we think can add to our lineup and at the same time show the guys who have been busting their tail for the last three months that we acknowledge how hard they’ve played and to get them the support that we can. It’s good to not have to worry too much about what it’s going to cost you from a financial standpoint. This (ownership) group is in to win.”
Ramirez started at third base on Wednesday night but will shift to his old position as soon as he is comfortable. Dee Gordon is on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his right thumb that could sideline him until mid-August and is batting only .229 with 17 RBIs.
“I look at it as he has a clean slate,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Anything that’s happened in his past has nothing to do with me, has nothing to do with the Dodgers. It’s basically moving forward.”
In addition to saving the money owed Ramirez, the Marlins cut Sanchez’s $8 million salary.
“The message to our fans is we signed so many players and had such a big payroll not for any other reason than to win games,” Samson said, “and it wasn’t happening enough.”
AP Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez in San Francisco contributed to this report.