Ramirez cleared waivers and elected free agency Tuesday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. Ramirez was designated for assignment Saturday after Francisco Lindor (calf/ankle) was activated from the injured list, and he went unclaimed on the waiver wire. Given Ramirez's decline at the dish in recent years, it may be difficult for the 35-year-old to find a new home in the big leagues.
The Indians designated Ramirez for assignment Saturday. Cleveland pulled the plug on Ramirez after a spot on the active roster was needed to facilitate star shortstop Francisco Lindor's (calf/ankle) return from the 10-day injured list. After attending camp on a minor-league deal, Ramirez won an Opening Day job as the team's everyday designated hitter, but he managed only a .625 OPS in 57 plate appearances. Assuming he goes unclaimed off waivers, the 35-year-old seems likely to be granted a release from the organization rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A Columbus. Given his age, lack of defensive value and declining bat, it's possible Ramirez's time in the big leagues could be over.
Ramirez is not starting Wednesday against the Mariners Ramirez sits for the fourth time this season. He's hitting just .188 on the year. Tyler Naquin will be the designated hitter for Wednesday's contest.
Ramirez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Ramirez finds himself as the odd man out after the Indians called up veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from Triple-A Columbus and inserted him into the lineup in the series finale. With a .179/.304/.359 slash line through 46 plate appearances this season, Ramirez hasn't provided the impact at designated hitter the Indians were counting on. Unless he's able to catch fire at the plate in the near future, Ramirez's spot on the roster could be on shaky ground.
Ramirez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Ramirez will rest for the second time in the series after previously getting the day off in Thursday's opener. The veteran failed to record a hit in his lone at-bat Saturday, though he drew a season-high three walks to boost his on-base average to a robust .385.