During his four seasons with the Red Sox, Ramirez batted.260 with 78 homers and 255 RBIs.
"We were prepared to maybe go in a different direction with our move", Dave Dombrowski explained. "[Cora] called me around 11:30 [Thursday] morning", Dombrowski said at a Friday news conference.
The Red Sox still owe him about $15 million for the rest of the season (no team is going to pick up the salary), so they'll be eating that no matter what. "I was about to go for a run, and Alex goes, 'I've got a thought for you about what we're doing, ' and he said, 'This is a move I would like to make'". "So, yeah, I'll be a little nervous". It was going to be hard. "Versatility-wise, we feel very comfortable with where we're at right now".
Secondly, Ramirez still has one more guaranteed year on his contract. "He can move around and the real Eduardo Nunez will come out". That's certainly a valuable piece to have on the roster.
Cora told Dombrowski that the club is "closely meshed", and that Ramirez' disappearance would not disrupt the chemistry of a first-place team. Cora wanted to play Mitch Moreland more at first base going forward, and the Red Sox didn't think Ramirez would be effective as a bench player.
Ramirez, 34, has hit.254 (45-for-177) with six home runs, 29 RBI, and a.708 OPS in 44 games this season, making 25 starts at first base and 19 at designated hitter. When motivated, he could be lethal at the plate.
Red Sox To Cut Ties With Hanley Ramirez
When Ramirez's struggles this month continued, Cora said the team - and Ramirez - were better served with him gone.
The second reason is the Red Sox must have an huge amount of faith in Blake Swihart.
The ability has always been there.
He batted sixth in his return to the Red Sox. "We thanked him, also, for what he did for us".
"He's saving his hits for Fenway", Cora joked. "He did an outstanding job early in the season, but sometimes you've got to make tough decisions".
In a deft move that killed 22 million birds with one stone-cold "baseball decision", Cora and Dombrowski teamed up to take a player who was not helping this year's team win out of the equation, as well as eliminate the distraction this year and albatross next year of allowing Ramirez' 2019 $22 million contract to kick in with extended playing time. Add in the salaries of Pablo Sandoval ($18 million), who was released past 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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