Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment in surprise move

May 29, 2018, 00:32
Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment in surprise move

The Red Sox opted to go with younger, more versatile options, players like Blake Swihart, Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez, with the far more defensively capable Mitch Moreland anchoring first base. The Red Sox focused on one thing - contact hitting - and dismissed all the potential negatives. The only problem is there is still a lot of baseball to be played this year.

Ramirez tweeted Friday afternoon: "Thank you Red Sox Nation". Moreland is slashing.311/.390/.612 through 34 games while Swihart has enjoyed just 30 plate appearances, inactivity that prompted his representatives to ask Dombrowski for a trade on May 16. The Red Sox are trying to establish on record that they made the move for baseball reasons and not financial.

"For how good of a player he is, it was going to be hard", Cora said of Ramirez coming off the bench.

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Ramirez is making $22 million this year, which could be the last of his four-year, $88-million contract that was offered by former general manager Ben Cherington and Co. ahead of the 2015 season.

The Blue Jays are on the hook for the money regardless if Morales is on the team or not so why not follow suit like the Red Sox and cut ties with Morales once and for all.

Hanley Ramirez's time with the Red Sox has come to a sudden and unceremonious end. He was voted the National League Rookie of the Year in 2006, and over five-and-a-half healthy seasons he hit.306/.380/.506 with 134 home runs and 214 doubles.

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"I don't want to break up the top two", manager Alex Cora said.

Ramirez was stuck to either first base or DH. I was like, 'That worked.' For him to come in to come in and catch a knuckleballer after not catching since Fort Myers or whenever the last time he caught, that caught my eye. "For how good of a player he is, it was going to be hard". Obviously, everyone knows my relationship with him. If Ramirez has 1,050 plate appearances during the 2017 and 2018 seasons combined, he'd be owed an additional $22 million for 2019. "I care about him and his family and everything, and I wish him the best". In those 52 seasons, the Braves outdrew the Red Sox only six times - in 1921, '25, '26, '30, '31, '32.

When Ramirez's struggles this month continued, Cora said the team - and Ramirez - were better served with him gone. In part, yes. While you wouldn't have expected Ramirez's bat to decline so suddenly, the left-field experiment was an enormous risk, given few players had ever transitioned from infield to outfield at that age.

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"Versatility is very important to me". He played 105 games (.249, 12 home runs).

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