Hanley Ramirez has been designated for assignment to make room for Dustin Pedroia as he returns from the disabled list. The move comes as a shock given Ramirez’ solid production this year and the remaining $15 million left on his contract for the 2018 season.
A few angles on the decision:
- It was Alex Cora’s call.
Dombrowski saying this is mainly Alex Cora’s decision. Cora approached DD about it
— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) May 25, 2018
2. The vesting option in the Ramirez contract was looming large.
Hanley Ramirez was 302 plate appearances away from a $22 million option for 2019 vesting. Was on pace to easily hit that. Not any more obviously.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 25, 2018
3. Thank goodness from a Yankees perspective!
That sound you heard was the collective sigh from Yankees fans. Hanley has flat out destroyed the Yankees in big spots and constantly gave them fits. In just six games this season against the Yanks, Hanley’s line was this: three homers, nine RBIs and a .389 batting average. Crazy numbers and I’m just glad he won’t be torturing the Yanks any longer in a Sox uniform; whenever he came to the plate, it always seemed like Yankee pitchers were pitching him extremely carefully and his at bats were always uncomfortable instances.
He still might very well wind up in the AL East with the Orioles, Rays or Blue Jays, of course, so the Yankees aren’t totally out of the woods. He profiles as a solid DH or first baseman against lefty pitchers so an American League team makes sense for the three time all-star.