Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

Could Hanley Ramirez be on the Twins' radar? - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

The Red Sox on Friday designated for assignment veteran first baseman/DH Hanley Ramirez to open a spot on their Major League Baseball roster for second baseman Dustin Pedroia (offseason knee surgery) to be activated from the disabled list, the team announced.

Ramirez signed a four-year deal worth $88 million following the 2014 season.

The Boston Red Sox have been exceedingly open about their reasons for DFA'ing Hanley Ramirez on Friday, and there may be a very good reason for that. The 34-year-old Pedroia has spent all season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery on his left knee in October.

He is still owed $15 million this year. His defense at first base couldn't make up for his offensive liabilities, especially with former Gold Glover Mitch Moreland also available.

At 34 and seemingly declining in ability, Ramirez is unlikely to make in the neighborhood of $22 million per season in the future. Foremost, Boston was expected to part ways with catcher-slash-utilityman Blake Swihart, who can not be optioned to the minors and who is without a real role.

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However he is hitting just.107 in his last seven games (3-28) and manager Alex Cora criticized Ramirez's plate discipline following Boston's 6-3 loss Thursday to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Could the Twins be interested in Hanley Ramirez?

It means that the team will have seven days to trade or release Ramirez. The "Laser Show" made his return to the lineup Sunday against the Atlanta Braves, and received a massive ovation from the Fenway Park crowd before his first at-bat, which came with the bases loaded. Boston also owes Sandoval $18 million for 2019.

Pedroia, a four-time All-Star, had been Boston's opening day second baseman every year from 2007-17.

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