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Blue Jays could learn a thing or two from the Red Sox

29 May 2018, 12:35 | Susie Olson

Could Hanley Ramirez be on the Twins' radar? - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

Hanley Ramirez has been scuffling at the plate this month – one of the reasons he was designated for assignment Friday by the Boston Red Sox

I was getting ready to go for a run.

The Sox were hoping Ramirez could replicate last postseason's success, but after a hot start, he simply wasn't hitting.

When Herb Brooks was crafting the 1980 Olympic hockey team, he left a number of the most skilled players off his roster. The Red Sox now have seven days to trade Ramirez or release him. Moreland is slashing.311/.390/.612 through 34 games while Swihart has enjoyed just 30 plate appearances, inactivity that prompted his representatives to ask Dombrowski for a trade on May 16. It will be the Red Sox' first alumni game since 1993, and fans with tickets for the regularly scheduled game at 1:05 p.m. are invited to attend. In November 2014, the Red Sox signed him to a four-year, $88 million contract.

Ramirez ends his second term with the Red Sox having driven in a career-high 111 runs in 2016. Clearly, the Red Sox figured they'd be better off rolling with Mitch Moreland at the cold corner rather than giving the 34-year-old Ramirez a chance to get right. 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.

Ramirez, after a hot April (.341, three homers, .906 OPS), was struggling in May (.163, 3, .500).

During his four seasons with the Red Sox, Ramirez batted.260 with 78 homers and 255 RBIs.

Manager Alex Cora said Thursday that Pedroia will come off the disabled list for a weekend series at Fenway Park against Atlanta. It's tough. I haven't spoken with him yet. It was going to be hard. Obviously, everyone knows my relationship with him.

According to a post on the team's website, Ramirez had a contract option for 2019 that would take effect is he had 497 plate appearances this year, a total well within reach were he to stay with the Red Sox. I care about him and his family.

Remember in 2015 when Ramirez was so bad in left field there were questions over whether or not he had a place on the roster, then he finally left the team with an injury and went home to Miami before the season was even over? Add in the salaries of Pablo Sandoval ($18 million), who was released a year ago, 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. "It was a two-run game, Steven (Wright) comes in and he didn't blink".

"I'm very, very excited".

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