The former Red Sox first baseman has officially been released. Where will he land?
It was just days ago that the Boston Red Sox surprised everyone, cutting ties with veteran 1B / DH, Hanley Ramirez.
The Sox front office then had a week to either trade the veteran, or allow him to become a free agent. The time has come and the injury-prone slugger is back on the market.
Which big league club will land him?
This team already has perennial all stars in Nolan Arenado & Charlie Blackmon. Adding Hanley to the mix would allow for protection within the lineup as well as lengthen a lineup the has plenty of raw power.
As a playoff contender, the Rockies could surely add a veteran presence to their clubhouse, and lineup. There’s little doubt that Hanley could get used to hitting the ball at Coors Field.
New York Mets
Yes, the Mets currently have a veteran of their own at first base in Adrian Gonzalez; however if management soured on Gonzalez they may not hesitate to bring HanRam in.
AGon is now 36 years old and is no longer the perennial MVP candidate that he once was. Injury risk is always a primary concern and Ramirez’ youth / cheaper price tag may entice the Mets to make a move.
He could always help out behind the dish…right?
Hanley Ramirez, emergency catcher?
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Hanley may flourish in the Big Apple – let’s just hope it is at Citi Field and not Yankee Stadium.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox are in the middle of a long rebuild. The roster is lacking veteran talent and with Jose Abreu being included in trade rumors for the past few seasons, the front office may seek to bring in an immediate replacement.
Chicago has a budding star in Yoan Moncada – a former teammate of Hanley’s – and there is little doubt that Ramirez could bring a positive influence to a losing culture.
Whether Hanley played at first base, or designated hitter, he may find a role in the Windy City.
Imagine Hanley blasting 400+ foot homeruns in a playoff race in the NL West. He’d have the chance to do damage against a division that he flourished in for multiple seasons (with the Dodgers) and would come as an inexpensive upgrade.
Most Red Sox fans can agree that they want to see Hanley succeed – hopefully it is far, far away from the AL East and, preferably, out of the American League altogether.