Major League Baseball rumors: Red Sox dumping DH Hanley Ramirez | What it means

Hanley Ramirez has been scuffling at the plate this month – one of the reasons he was designated for assignment Friday by the Boston Red Sox

Hanley Ramirez has been scuffling at the plate this month – one of the reasons he was designated for assignment Friday by the Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today returned second baseman Dustin Pedroia from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket and activated him from the 10-day disabled list. But the victory and his return to the lineup left him in good spirits after the game.

The Red Sox will now have seven days to trade or release Ramirez. He was batting.341 with three home runs and 17 RBI's.

"The last couple of weeks I knew something had to happen", said Swihart, who was out of minor league options. "Platoon, maybe come in and pinch hit late in games - that's not the flawless role for Hanley Ramirez".

Ramirez broke into the majors with Boston in 2005, but was traded to the Florida Marlins after that season in the deal which brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox. "I'm very comfortable with them the way they're getting on base".

Ramirez's contract was for four years and $88 million plus the $22 million vesting option for 2019 (if Ramirez had 1,050 plate appearances over the 2017 and 2018 seasons).

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Ramirez's vesting option did not factor into the Red Sox's decision. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox designated first baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez for assignment.




"He's been OK" at first base, said Dombrowski, but "he's not been Mitch Moreland, as far as that is concerned".

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

Wanting to get Moreland to the plate more is a no-brainer - he's hitting.311 with the third highest OPS on the team - but not simply moving Ramirez to the bench tells the story. No matter where Hanley ends up this season, whether he ends up playing on another team or hanging out on the beach, the Red Sox will owe him $15 million. Ramirez had never played the outfield before and had been injured in three of the previous four seasons. It's tough. I haven't spoken with him yet. He played 105 games (.249, 12 home runs).

When Ramirez's struggles this month continued, Cora said the team - and Ramirez - were better served with him gone.

Dombrowski said the team informed Ramirez of the move early Friday morning. "Love you always", Ramirez tweeted. The Red Sox are responsible for the vast majority of Sandoval's $18 million salary this year, with the $545,000 he is earning from San Francisco offset against the total.

Dombrowski said it will be hard to trade Ramirez, so it's likely he'll be released.

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