Pedroia and Mookie Betts have a long way to go to catch Jim Rice and Dwight Evans, but with Pedroia back in the lineup - and signed through the 2021 season - they have some time to make inroads on the Sox' all-time leaders in homering in the same game. The Red Sox should have kept Hanley for the rest of the year for his bat and proven track record in the playoffs. But we're about to find out if they're a better one.
The Red Sox will have seven days to trade or release Ramirez.
The night before, he hit a massive two-run homer in the seventh inning that almost sank the Yanks in the Bronx until Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel blew the save.
"I was a little surprised", Pedroia said. "Platoon, maybe come in and pinch hit late in games - that's not the ideal role for Hanley Ramirez".
"We're going to put him in a spot where, I do feel, he's going to be a run producer", Cora added.
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That placing Ramirez on the bench would also directly affect his vesting option was a mostly unspoken aspect to the decision. The Red Sox always said they valued Swihart and after Friday's move, it wasn't just talk. Given the slump he's in, and the way Mitch Moreland has been playing (.311 average, 1.001 OPS), it's odd that change in playing time hasn't happened yet.
Dombrowski said he and Cora talk daily about possible moves.
Just in case you had any doubts before, there's no doubt after Friday's startling decision to say goodbye to Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez had never played the outfield before and had been injured in three of the previous four seasons. Meanwhile, the man the Sox traded to get him, Travis Shaw, has 42 home runs and 132 RBI in 193 games for the Brewers. I was like, 'That worked.' For him to come in to come in and catch a knuckleballer after not catching since Fort Myers or whenever the last time he caught, that caught my eye. His best season since returning to the team that signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 2000 came in 2016, when he hit.286 with 30 home runs and a career-best 111 RBIs. After that, Ramirez will be free to seek a new team.
"I'm very, very excited. He needs his at-bats".
Dombrowski said the team informed Ramirez of the move early Friday morning. "It's been real. Love you always". Boston also owes Sandoval $18 million for 2019. Add in the salaries of Pablo Sandoval ($18 million), who was released previous year, and Rusney Castillo ($11 million), who was taken off the roster and is playing in Triple-A Pawtucket, and the Red Sox are paying $44 million for players not playing in Boston.
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