Hanley Ramirez designated for assignment by Red Sox

Hanley Ramirez designated for assignment by Red Sox

Hanley Ramirez designated for assignment by Red Sox

Pedroia has traditionally hit near the top of the batting order.

Ramirez posted on Twitter, "Thank you, Red Sox Nation". There are only four players with at least 150 plate appearances who have gotten at least 80 percent of their playing time at DH. He is still owed over $15 million for the remainder of his deal which the Red Sox are still responsible to pay. On the flip side, Dombrowski says Cora assuaged any worry that bumping Ramirez would harm chemistry in the clubhouse.

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. After winning the 2013 World Series, the Red Sox fell to 71-91 in 2014.

When Hanley is focused he can be a contributing factor to the Red Sox. If the Red Sox weren't interested in retaining him beyond 2018 - or paying the additional $22 million - it makes sense for them to cut ties with him now.

J.D. Martinez (16), Mookie Betts (17), Xander Bogaerts (7) and Mitch Moreland (8) all smashed home runs. 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. Ramirez had never played the outfield before and had been injured in three of the previous four seasons.

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Thursday, Pedroia will be back on the team Friday after missing every game this season recovering from a cartilage restoration procedure in October.

Dombrowski said he and Cora talk daily about possible moves. It's tough. I haven't spoken with him yet. He's a good player. Obviously, everyone knows my relationship with him.

Ramirez opened the season needing 497 plate appearances for his $22 million, 2019 option to vest. I care about him and his family. 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.

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

"I'm very, very excited". "It was a two-run game, Steven (Wright) comes in and he didn't blink". His agent asked them to trade him last week, and according to NBC Sports Boston, the Red Sox tried but were asking too much in return and couldn't find a partner.

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