Hanley Ramirez Designated for Assignment by Red Sox

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Red Sox designate slugger Hanley Ramirez for assignment

The Boston Red Sox second baseman was activated from the disabled list Friday after missing the first 51 games of the year while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

He's played 25 games at first base this season and has appeared as the designated hitter in nineteen games.

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

It was almost 4 a.m.by the time the Red Sox flight from Tampa landed in Boston, and within 12 hours, Hanley Ramirez's locker already was cleared out, his clubhouse stereo silent. The 34-year old provides zero value defensively and has looked lost at the plate for most of the season. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was given a $95 million, five-year deal and released last July 19. Swihart, a switch-hitter, can now see more time at designated hitter. But, as The Boston Globe noted, the Sox "avoid a potentially awkward situation related to his $22 million vesting option for 2019" had he reached 497 plate appearances this year, which at his current pace - he has 195 - seemed all but assured if he remained in the lineup. 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.

The Blue Jays are on the hook for the money regardless if Morales is on the team or not so why not follow suit like the Red Sox and cut ties with Morales once and for all.

Both of Boston's big free-agent signings ahead of the 2015 season have been designated for assignment. He hit.163 with three homers and 12 RBIs in May after starting the season with a.330 average, three homers and 17 RBIs.

It means that the team will have seven days to trade or release Ramirez.

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