On Friday morning the Red Sox informed Hanley Ramirez that they will designate him for assignment in order to open a spot on the roster for Dustin Pedroia, who will return from the disabled list on Friday.
The Red Sox will now have seven days to trade or release Ramirez, with the latter representing the more likely scenario given he's owed almost $16 million more the rest of the season.
Pedroia, 34, has yet to take the field for the Sox this season thanks to offseason surgery to address a cartilage issue in his left knee.
Per Speier, the decision was made so the Red Sox could keep utility man Blake Swihart-a career.260 hitter-and because Ramirez, who has played all but one game at first base or designated hitter the past two-plus seasons, was not viewed as a great fit for the bench.
The Red Sox now have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
The key point to Ramirez being designated was his possible $22 million vesting option for the 2019 season that would've kicked in with 497 plate appearances this season. Thus, the Red Sox will owe him $15 million no matter where he ends up this year.
Ramirez, 34, is a 14-year Major League Baseball veteran with a career slash line of.290/.361/.487, 269 home runs, 909 runs batted in, and 374 doubles.
The Boston Red Sox chose to part ways with Hanley Ramirez on Friday, and as it turns out, it was the skipper's call.
Some had speculated that utility manBlake Swihart would be the most likely casualty, but apparently, the team has chose to go in a different direction. His defense at first base is also below average, and the Red Sox have a former Gold Glover at the position in Mitch Moreland.
On May 17, Ramirez was hitting.287 with a.791 OPS, six home runs and 29 runs batted in.
Pedroia, 34, had been Boston's opening day second baseman every year from 2007-17.