Alex Rodriguez did it. Cal Ripken Jr. did it.

If the Marlins are successful in signing free agent shortstop Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez will likely have to do it — go from shortstop to third base — as well.

"He's such a good athlete that I don't think he'll have any trouble whatsoever, if that's the way the Marlins decide to go," said former Marlins infield coach Perry Hill.

The Marlins are hot after Reyes. They made a special trip to New York and met with him one minute after midnight on the first day free agents could start talking to other teams. Reyes was later invited to South Florida, where last week he received a contract offer after lunching with club officials and touring the new ballpark.

If Reyes signs with the Marlins, the belief is Ramirez will go to third. There is an outside chance that the Marlins could put him center.