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Hanley Ramirez designated for assignment by Red Sox	 	 	 			Hanley Ramirez Red Sox at Orioles 4/22/17

The move was made to make room for second baseman Dustin Pedroia, coming off the disabled list, but it had more to do with playing first baseman Mitch Moreland more and keeping Blake Swihart on the roster.

In 2016, Ramirez hit.286/.361/.505 with 30 homers and 111 RBI in 147 games to help Boston win the American League East. His.708 OPS this season is the lowest of his career. But the victory and his return to the lineup left him in good spirits after the game.

The team now has seven days to trade or release Ramirez, who would be paid $15 million if not traded or claimed by another club.

Ramirez, after a hot April (.341, three homers, .906 OPS), was struggling in May (.163, 3, .500).

"I was a little surprised", Pedroia said.

Ramirez came to Boston with a ready-made reputation as one of the most maddening hitters in the game.

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

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The Twins could consider platooning Ramirez with Morrison at first base, especially if Joe Mauer is going to be out for an extended period of time. However, he had a $22 million vesting option for 2019 looming if he had reached 497 plate appearances for the year - something he was well on his way to doing.

"It was a baseball-related move for us", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. Given the slump he's in, and the way Mitch Moreland has been playing (.311 average, 1.001 OPS), it's unusual that change in playing time hasn't happened yet.

"I don't want to break up the top two", manager Alex Cora said. I was like, 'That worked.' For him to come in to come in and catch a knuckleballer after not catching since Fort Myers or whenever the last time he caught, that caught my eye. "I care about him and his family and everything, and I wish him the best". "It was a two-run game, Steven (Wright) comes in and he didn't blink".

Remember in 2015 when Ramirez was so bad in left field there were questions over whether or not he had a place on the roster, then he finally left the team with an injury and went home to Miami before the season was even over?

"Versatility is very important to me". "We just didn't see the role that would be there as more of a support person as one that fits Hanley well". "He needs his at-bats". Dombrowski said the move was less about saving on Ramirez's salary next year than it was about improving this year's team. "It's been real. Love you always".

It's a less-than-auspicious end for Hanley and the Red Sox.

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