Hanley Ramirez's agent slams 'reckless' reporting on investigation

Arlington TX USA Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez singles during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington

On Friday it was reported that the ex-Boston Red Sox slugger was being "eyed" in a federal and state investigation, which later connected him to a drug ring based out of Lawrence, Mass.

Hanley Ramirez may have far bigger problems than a fading baseball career.

The man used FaceTimed to call Ramirez who told police the box wasn't his and gave police permission to open it, the Globe reported. And during that auto stop, the suspect claimed that one of the items found in the vehicle belonged to Hanley Ramirez and then FaceTimed [Ramirez] in front of police.

McPhee told Sports Hub in an interview about a man claiming some of the drugs found in his auto by police belonged to the former Red Sox player.

The Red Sox also deny any knowledge of an investigation involving Ramirez, who was released by the team a month ago.

On Friday, Red Sox spokesperson Kevin Gregg said that the team was not made aware of the matter until a reporter reached out to them.

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Ramirez, who was released from his four-year $88million contract on June 1, remains a free agent.

Gregg said the team dropped Ramirez from the roster in May exclusively for baseball reasons.

According to McPhee, a recent stop by police discovered "a significant amount of drugs" in the suspect's auto.

The man was arrested on drug trafficking charges and "immediately began stating that his friend (Ramirez) was not involved at all, and that the box wasn't for him", the affidavit says.

He also said it contained books Ramirez's mother shipped and wanted delivered to the then-Red Sox first baseman/DH, per the report. "And I think the suspect had ties to that ring".

The Red Sox had just returned from a three-game road trip to Tampa Bay, and Dombrowski said he came to the decision after conferring with manager Alex Cora earlier in the day.

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