Hanley Ramírez
1B/DH FA
3 months ago

Ramirez is not involved with any federal or state investigation, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ramirez was reportedly connected to an incident in which drugs were recovered by police in a traffic-stop search. Ramirez was not present for the incident, which reportedly involved a friend who dropped his name in hopes of avoiding arrest. This contradicts prior reports which held that the driver said the drugs belonged to Ramirez and that the driver FaceTimed him during the stop. Assuming this latest report is accurate, there shouldn't be any legal issues preventing Ramirez from finding a new major-league team.

Hanley Ramírez
1B/DH FA
3 months ago

Ramirez is being "eyed" in connection with a federal and state investigation, Michelle McPhee of ABC News reports. McPhee told 98.5 The Sports Hub on Friday that investigators are determining whether Ramirez was connected to a recent traffic stop -- for which Ramirez was not present -- where drugs were recovered by law enforcement.

EDGE Analysis

Though Ramirez, the Red Sox organization and Major League Baseball denied knowledge of any law-enforcement activities surrounding this incident, there have been whispers around Boston media that some negative story on Ramirez has been due to come out. McPhee, who previously was involved in breaking legal news surrounding Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, told the radio show about reports police stopping a driver tied to a widespread Massachusetts drug ring. When the drugs were found at the traffic stop, the driver allegedly told the police the substances belonged to Ramirez and FaceTimed him during the stop. There'll probably be more to come regarding the veracity of this report, whether Ramirez is actually involved and whether any of this will hinder his ability to find another big-league job.

Hanley Ramírez
1B/DH FA
4 months ago

The Red Sox announced the release of Ramirez on Friday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was the expected result after Boston designated Ramirez for assignment last week, with no team willing to put a waiver claim on him due to the hefty contract. The 34-year-old can now sign with any team without the burden of his previous contract. Ramirez slashed .254/.313/.395 in 195 plate appearances with Boston this season, and was in the midst of an 0-for-21 skid when he was let go.

Hanley Ramírez
1B/DH FA
4 months ago

The Red Sox have requested unconditional release waivers on Ramirez, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This all but signals the end of Ramirez's tenure with the Red Sox, as he'll more than likely become a free agent in two days after passing through waivers untouched (thanks to his hefty contract). The 34-year-old had hit .254/.313/.395 across 44 games with the Red Sox prior to being designated for assignment last week.

Hanley Ramírez
1B/DH FA
4 months ago

The Red Sox will reportedly designate Ramirez for assignment Friday, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe3 reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ramirez has been designated for assignment Friday to make room for the return of Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list. This comes as a surprise, seeing as Ramirez still has $15 million left on his contract for the 2018 season. Boston will have a week to either trade or release the 34-year-old designated hitter. Ramirez was slashing .254/.313/.395 with six home runs and 29 RBI across 44 games this season.

Hanley Ramírez
1B/DH FA
4 months ago

Ramirez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ramirez is hitting just .188 in 16 games played this month and will retreat to the bench as the Red Sox take on David Hess and the Orioles. Mitch Moreland will occupy first base duties in his stead.

Hanley Ramírez
1B/DH FA
4 months ago

Ramirez went 0-for-4 in Saturday's win over Baltimore and is hitting just .188 in 16 games during the month of May, but has driven in 12 runs during that stretch.

EDGE Analysis

Ramirez hasn't been driving the ball as he did in April, but hitting third in the batting order behind Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi has generated a lot of chances to drive in runs. "He showed up early (yesterday) to work on a few things," manager Alex Cora told Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. "We expect him again to start hitting line drives. One thing with him we have to remind him, if it's .300 with less home runs and a lot of RBI or hitting .200-whatever with (more) home runs, I like the complete hitter better than the home run hitter." That's a reminder the Red Sox have continually given to Ramirez, who sometimes gets pull happy and tries to clear the Green Monster at Fenway Park.

Hanley Ramírez
1B/DH FA
4 months ago

Ramirez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ramirez is likely just receiving a routine day off on a getaway day following five consecutive starts. His absence from the lineup opens up a spot at first base for Mitch Moreland, who will serve as the cleanup hitter in the series finale.

Hanley Ramírez
1B/DH FA
5 months ago

Ramirez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ramirez had started each of the Red Sox's last 12 games, so he'll receive a breather on getaway day and effectively get two days of rest with Boston off the schedule Monday. Mitch Moreland will fill in for Ramirez at first base Sunday and bat cleanup.

Hanley Ramírez
1B/DH FA
5 months ago

Ramirez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ramirez had started each of the Red Sox's previous seven games, so his absence for Sunday's matinee affair looks to be maintenance related. Mitch Moreland will replace Ramirez as Boston's first baseman and will occupy the cleanup spot.