Red Sox to part ways with Hanley Ramirez

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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's highly unlikely that the Red Sox find a trade partner for Ramirez and ultimately end up releasing him.

An All-Star with the Florida Marlins from 2008-10, Ramirez batted.260 with 78 homers and 255 RBIs during his time with the Red Sox.

However, Ramirez carries a $22 million option for 2019 that automatically vests if he reaches 497 plate appearances this season, per Spotrac. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.

According to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, sources have indicated that the Boston Red Sox will designate veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment. "We were prepared to go in a different direction with our move", Dombrowski said.

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Friday's move ends a frequently rocky three-plus seasons in Boston in Ramirez's return as a free agent, signing a four-year, $88 million deal, with the team for which he made his Major League Baseball debut in 2005. Moreland is batting.311 with seven home runs. He has missed all season after having surgery on his left knee in October.

There is a financial incentive for the Red Sox to make this move.

Ramirez, 34, got off to an exceptional start to the season. Results aside, however, Pedroia has played consecutive days at second base on two occasions now and has clearly shown enough that the organization feels him capable of stepping back into the big league lineup. Cora says he plans to stay with Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi in the Nos.

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