In a shocking twist, the Boston Red Sox designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment in order to make room for former AL MVP Dustin Pedroia.
Ramirez, who is batting .254 with six home runs and 29 RBIs this season is in the final year of his four-year $88 million contract.
Ramirez has an option on his contract worth $22 million for 2019 that would vest if he reaches 497 plate appearances this season. He has 195 plate appearances so far this season. If the Red Sox release him, the vesting option will no longer be in play.
Ramirez is a three-time All-Star and was the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year with the Florida Marlins. He has a career batting average of .290 with 290 home runs and 909 RBIs. He played for the Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.
I’m sure the New York Yankees are happy to see him go as Ramirez completely owned the team this season. In six games against the Yankees, Ramirez batted .354 with three home runs and nine RBIs. In his career against the Yankees, he has a .273 average with 15 home runs and 40 RBI.
Dustin Pedroia will make his season debut tonight. He started the season on the disabled list after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason.