Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment
- Author: Rosalie Stanley May 29, 2018,
May 29, 2018, 0:32
Boston Sports Journal's Sean McAdam reports that another executive speculates the Red Sox are trying to protect against a grievance by Ramirez. 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.
"I have a lot of trust in Alex, and Alex has a pulse of that situation", said Dombrowski. Platoon, pinch-hit late in the game ... that's not a good role for Hanley Ramirez.
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 deal contains a $22 million option that would become guaranteed if he has 1,050 plate appearances in 2017-18 combined and passed a physical at the end of the season.
They'll never say the option was a factor - a grievance from the MLBPA would surely follow - but ultimately, the Red Sox decided Ramirez wasn't worth that headache. He told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford that he expected to be "getting a phone call or be called into the office" to talk about his time in Boston being over when the Red Sox returned from their road trip early Friday morning. Mitch Moreland has batted cleanup.
With Pedroia and Nunez coming off knee injuries, and manager Alex Cora's desire to keep his players fresh, the opening of the DH spot on days Martinez is in the outfield can be beneficial. "We just didn't see the role that would be there as more of a support person as one that fits Hanley well". First and foremost, Ramirez hadn't been doing badly this season. He played 105 games (.249, 12 home runs). It's tough. I haven't spoken with him yet.
When Ramirez's struggles this month continued, Cora said the team - and Ramirez - were better served with him gone. "Honestly, I do feel that guys might open up because you don't have that presence, you don't have a guy that's been in the big leagues for X-amount of years, he's a veteran, a guy that is very outspoken in the clubhouse".
With Dustin Pedroia activated yesterday, conventional wisdom said Blake Swihart would be the corresponding roster move, not Hanley Ramirez. "He needs his at-bats". "It's been real. Love you always".
Releasing Ramirez at that time made more sense. In those 52 seasons, the Braves outdrew the Red Sox only six times - in 1921, '25, '26, '30, '31, '32.