MIAMI -- In the aftermath of Wednesday's trade that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, one of the big questions surrounding the current Marlins is simple: Who will man third base for the remainder of the season?
Ramirez started all but eight games at third this season after the Marlins moved him there from shortstop following the acquisition of Jose Reyes in the offseason. Now that the three-time All-Star is gone, the Marlins will turn to youngster Donovan Solano to take on most of the workload at the hot corner.
Solano, who has been the ultimate utility man for Miami this season, made his fourth start at third Wednesday, and manager Ozzie Guillen said he will get most of the starts at third from here on out.
Guillen has been high on Solano since Spring Training, constantly praising the 24-year-old's ability and versatility. He has played at second, third and in left field since the team selected his contract from Triple-A New Orleans on May 20.
Solano didn't play third while he was in New Orleans, and has shifted all over the field during his Minor League career. In 2011 he played 17 total games at third base -- 16 in Triple-A and one in Double-A -- committing two errors during that time. In 2010, he played 13 games at the position for Triple-A Memphis, committing one error.
The shift to third will provide Solano an opportunity to further prove his worth with the Marlins and allow the team to determine whether he fits into their long-term plans.
Donnie Murphy, who will be recalled from New Orleans to fill one of the two roster spots left by Wednesday's trade -- the other spot going to starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi -- could also factor into filling the void at third base. Murphy was on the Marlins' Opening Day roster, but the team designated him for assignment June 13. He has started 29 games at third during his seven-year big league career.
Guillen said Greg Dobbs could also get some starts at the hot corner, though he prefers Dobbs -- the Majors' active career leader in pinch-hits (81) -- to come off the bench. Dobbs has made five starts at third this season and 240, the most among the six positions he has fielded, during his nine-year career.