Red Sox 2B to return Friday

Jennings In making the call to cut Hanley Ramirez Alex Cora has seized control of Red Sox

Pedroia and Mookie Betts have a long way to go to catch Jim Rice and Dwight Evans, but with Pedroia back in the lineup - and signed through the 2021 season - they have some time to make inroads on the Sox' all-time leaders in homering in the same game.

But Dombrowski said Cora called him with the idea of dumping Ramirez whose 2005 trade to the Marlins brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox and they helped bring a World Series title to Boston in 2007, a year after Ramirez won National League Rookie of the Year honors in Miami.

Slashing.333/.392/.486, Holt is projected for 3 home runs and a.235 average the rest of the year. "Wish him the best". The Red Sox will have to pay that money unless they find a trade partner in the next seven days.

"I was a little bit surprised", Dombrowski said.

Martinez hit cleanup in 38 games and third in 10 games with Ramirez on the team.

Ramirez's contract was for four years and $88 million plus the $22 million vesting option for 2019 (if Ramirez had 1,050 plate appearances over the 2017 and 2018 seasons).

Dombrowski and Cora informed Ramirez of the decision in Cora's office following the return trip from a three-game series at Tampa Bay.

There are two reasons that stand out when considering why the Red Sox would make this move. Given the slump he's in, and the way Mitch Moreland has been playing (.311 average, 1.001 OPS), it's odd that change in playing time hasn't happened yet.

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Cora provided the cover with a perfectly plausible and rational explanation - he wanted to play Mitch Moreland more, plus he didn't think Ramirez would be happy on the bench - and Dombrowski signed the paperwork. Meanwhile, Moreland has been consistently good -.311, seven home runs, 1.001 OPS, and is a natural first baseman, unlike Ramirez.

Ramirez ends his second term with the Red Sox having driven in a career-high 111 runs in 2016.

And everyone was wondering why teams were shying away from free agents last winter. I'm excited about it. It's tough. I haven't spoken with him yet.

Ramirez was better there than in the outfield but as Dombrowski said yesterday, that move didn't suit Ramirez either. "He's a guy that needs his at-bats".

"He didn't really say very much", Dombrowski said.

Releasing Ramirez at that time made more sense.

Ramirez is owed $15 million this season. In cutting him altogether, the Red Sox dodged a storm that was bound to come.

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