Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said he would bench Alexei Ramirez Thursday, saying that he wanted some offense in his lineup and felt that Jayson Nix was the answer. This is about as good an idea and slamming your foot in a car door because you just stubbed your big toe.
Ramirez is off to a .211/1/11/6 start, so benching him for a few games is understandable, but looking to Nix for offensive help is offensive. Nix is a career .781 OPS hitter at Triple-A, mostly at hitter-friendly Colorado Springs and would be hard-pressed to crack a .700 OPS as a regular, so why sit Ramirez? He was hitting .194/1/6/0 on May 24 last season, so another slow start is hardly reason to panic. If he is on your fantasy squad, bench him and wait for him to heat up. If he’s not on your team, now is your chance to get him from an owner that may be tired of his anemic output.