Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Red Sox To Cut Ties With Hanley Ramirez

Red Sox To Cut Ties With Hanley Ramirez

On Friday, the Boston Red Sox designated first baseman Hanley Ramirez for assignment, unceremoniously ending his second stint with the organization.

An All-Star with the Florida Marlins from 2008-10, Ramirez batted.260 with 78 homers and 255 RBIs during his time with the Red Sox.

The key point to Ramirez being designated was his possible $22 million vesting option for the 2019 season that would've kicked in with 497 plate appearances this season. Boston now has seven days to trade or release Ramirez. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup. He hit.163 with three homers and 12 RBIs in May after starting the season with a.330 average, three homers and 17 RBIs.

Through 44 games, Ramirez is hitting.245/.313/.395. The team's turnaround has been nothing short of stunning. His defense at first base couldn't make up for his offensive liabilities, especially with former Gold Glover Mitch Moreland also available.

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It seemed trading Swihart or sending Jackie Bradley Jr. or Brock Holt down to the minors were the more logical moves to get Pedroia on the roster, but as we've seen before Dave Dombrowski is not afraid of taking a risk, which this seems to be.

During the 2014 offseason, Ramirez signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the Red Sox on the same day the team signed Pablo Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million contract.

The news overshadowed Pedroia's activation from the DL for a weekend series at Fenway Park against the Braves.

Boston made the move Friday to clear a roster spot for All-Star shortstop Dustin Pedroia, who was activated from the disabled list and was set to make his season debut against Atlanta after recovering from knee surgery. Pedroia was 1 for 14 (.071) during a five-game injury rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket.

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