Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Red Sox Need To Trade Or Release Hanley Ramirez

With the re-upping of Mitch Moreland at 1B, and the likely imminent signing of free-agent J.D. Martinez, the Red Sox are facing a problem. That problem's name is Hanley Ramirez. They are not going to trade Jackie Bradley, Jr. to make room for HanRam and it's unlikely that they will platoon him and Moreland at 1B. So, Hanley is owed $22 million for 2018—and has an attainable $22 million vesting option for 2019. That's hard to trade away for a 34-year-old guy on the down-slide of his career. So, the only other option is to simply release Ramirez—eating the $22 million in the process. Of course, as pointed out by Jared Carrabis, when paired with Pablo Sandoval and Rusney Castillo the total dead money on Boston's hands would then be $102,534,429. That's a big banquet full of contracts to ingest. Stay tuned, the trigger needs to be pulled on something pretty soon.