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Padres sign SS Alexei Ramirez to one-year deal

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Padres fans can no longer complain that GM A.J. Preller had forgotten to get their team a shortstop.  Jon Heyman tweets that the team has signed former White Sock Alexei Ramirez for the 2016 season.

Earlier in the day Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Padres were no longer pursuing Ian Desmond, so Ramirez was the next obvious choice.

The idea here is that they didn't want two shortstops after having years without even having one.  So they kept the signing short so that their new prospect acquisition Javier Guerra can slide right in before the 2017 season.

I'm already looking forward to the middle infield being filled with Alex(e)is if, fingers crossed, Alexi Amarista and Ramirez take the field together.