The Boston Red Sox have designated 1B Hanley Ramirez for assignment, and activated all-star 2B Dustin Pedroia off the 10 day DL.
Ramirez, who was signed through next year after signing a four year, $88 million deal with the Sox back before 2015. After hitting .330 in April, Ramirez has hit .163 in May, which leads to the DFA. The Sox are still responsible for the $15.25 million left on his contract, but now don\’t need to pay the $22 million he was owed for 2019. Ramirez was signed along with 3B Pablo Sandoval in that offseason between 2014 and 2015, was brought in to revamp the Red Sox, putting the world in shock. Unfortunately for Boston, both were terrible, especially Sandoval, who never put a full season together in Boston. Ramirez had his hot moments, but overall was pretty bad. Former Red Sox teammate and current hot hitter Mitch Moreland is now the starting 1B. Pedroia will once again be the starting 2B, leaving Eduardo Nunez without a position. Nunez, who is known to play pretty much all positions, could get some reps at first, and possibly platoon with Moreland.
Ramirez, 34, has a .254 batting average with six homers and 29 RBIs in 195 Plate Appearances for the Red Sox this year. In his MLB career for the Red Sox, Florida/Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers, Ramirez has a batting average of .290, with 269 homers, 909 RBIs and 281 stolen bases in 7070 Plate Appearances.