Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

"We don't think he'd be happy in that type of role".

"It is unusual, but it's an unusual situation".

Ramirez got off to a strong start hitting.330/.400/.474 with three homers and 17 RBIs through the end of April but is batting.163/.200/.300 with three homers and 12 RBIs. Would a Ramirez/Jay Bruce platoon at first base be more beneficial than Adrian Gonzalez at first, therefore opening up a spot for the red-hot Brandon Nimmo to play every day in the outfield once Yoenis Cespedes returns from a stint on the disabled list? Foremost, Boston was expected to part ways with catcher-slash-utilityman Blake Swihart, who can not be optioned to the minors and who is without a real role.

"I was a little bit surprised", Dombrowski said.

However he is hitting just.107 in his last seven games (3-28) and manager Alex Cora criticized Ramirez's plate discipline following Boston's 6-3 loss Thursday to the Tampa Bay Rays. He has 195 plate appearances so far this season.

The Red Sox have seven days to either trade Ramirez or release him. "Glad we don't have to see him, because he's gotten some big hits already against us this year".

During his four seasons with Boston, Ramirez batted.260 with 78 homers and 255 RBIs.

The situation is an odd turn in a season in which Ramirez began as a force in the middle of the AL East-leading Red Sox's lineup. Pedroia was 1 for 14 (.071) during a five-game injury rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket. It is expected there will be at least a few teams interested in the 34-year-old. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and Most Valuable Player in 2008.

According to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, sources have indicated that the Boston Red Sox will designate veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment. He is still owed over $15 million for the remainder of his deal which the Red Sox are still responsible to pay.



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