The Red Sox announced the release of Ramirez on Friday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. 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 his hefty contract. The 34-year-old can now sign with any team without the burden of his previous salary. 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.
The Red Sox have requested unconditional release waivers on Ramirez, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. 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.
The Red Sox will designate Ramirez for assignment Friday, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports. Ramirez will get bumped from the 40-man roster to make room for the return of Dustin Pedroia (knee) 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/first baseman. Ramirez is slashing .254/.313/.395 with six home runs and 29 RBI across 44 games this season.
Ramirez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. 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.
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 he has driven in 12 runs during that stretch. 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.