By: Noah Wright
MICHAEL DWYER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Red Sox announced they announced earlier today that they have activated second baseman Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list. More surprisingly however, is that they have DFA’ed first baseman Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez owns a .254/.313/.395 batting line, and is owed $22 million this season.
It was previously speculated that utility catcher, Blake Swihart, would be DFA’ed, as he requested to be traded a few weeks ago, and he has not been performing well when given time. The Sox though DFA’ed Hanley Ramirez instead. The former shortstop had signed on with The Red Sox during the 2014-2015 off season, and signed a 4 year deal, plus a vesting option for 2019. Hanley started off the season well, hitting .330/.400/.474 with 3 homeruns and 17 RBI’s in 110 PA’s in April, but suffered in May, hitting an abysmal .163/.200/.300 in 85 PA’s.
While Ramirez has had a struggle through May, the move still comes as a surprise; as Hanley has been a decent producer at the plate as soon as 2016, and even in April this year, and the aforementioned Swihart has been struggling, and pitcher Brian Johnson has been struggling as well.