Red Sox eat another big contract as Hanley Ramirez era ends

by Leon Thompson May 29, 2018, 0:30
Red Sox eat another big contract as Hanley Ramirez era ends

It's even more unusual the Sox have been hitting him at the top of the order right up until Thursday, when he batted second for them, which could signal a disconnect between front office and field level coaching staff.

When Herb Brooks was crafting the 1980 Olympic hockey team, he left a number of the most skilled players off his roster.

The Red Sox will have seven days to trade or release Ramirez. The decision came down to Blake Swihart or Ramirez and the Red Sox chose the latter. "It's been a long time, so it's going to be fun getting out there and playing", he said.

Adding Ramirez's contract to those of Pablo Sandoval (designated for assignment last July) and Rusney Castillo (with Triple-A Pawtucket), the Red Sox have roughly $45 million in dead money.

The Red Sox and the Braves do not meet on an annual basis like they did when interleague play began and it has been a while since they have both been good when they do meet.

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That placing Ramirez on the bench would also directly affect his vesting option was a mostly unspoken aspect to the decision. Clearly, the Red Sox figured they'd be better off rolling with Mitch Moreland at the cold corner rather than giving the 34-year-old Ramirez a chance to get right.

In his four seasons with Boston since 2014, Hanley hit.260 with 78 homers, 71 doubles and 255 runs batted in.

The night before, he hit a massive two-run homer in the seventh inning that almost sank the Yanks in the Bronx until Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel blew the save. It's tough. I haven't spoken with him yet.

Ramirez opened the season needing 497 plate appearances for his $22 million, 2019 option to vest. Everyone knows about my relationship with him. It was going to be hard. I care about him and his family. Meanwhile, the man the Sox traded to get him, Travis Shaw, has 42 home runs and 132 RBI in 193 games for the Brewers. In cutting him altogether, the Red Sox dodged a storm that was bound to come.

And everyone was wondering why teams were shying away from free agents last winter. 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. "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".

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