Hanley Ramirez to Sign with the Boston Red Sox

Some say that happiness can be found only at home. So last Friday, Hanley Ramirez went back home to Boston on a four year, 88 million dollar deal according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

After being traded for Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett, he headed to Miami. He grew up and became a star there, only to be sent at 2012’s trade deadline to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After a dissapointing finish once again for L.A., Ramirez chose to explore the free agent market. After reportedly being in talks with Toronto, Miami and Houston, the talks never progressed to a serious level.

Ramirez has enjoyed a great career as a three time All-Star (from 2008 to 2010) a Rookie of The Year (2006) and a batting title winner.

Now, at thirty years old, Ramirez has decided to go back where he started.
Last season, Ramirez posted a .283/.369/.448 line with thirteen home runs and 71 runs batted in. In his career, he batted .300/.373/.500 with 191 home runs and 654 RBI.

This is an addition that will spark controversy in “Red Sox Nation”.  It is very unclear where he will fit in this lineup, as Boston already has a very good shortstop in Xander Bogaerts. The addition of Pablo Sandoval makes the situation even more complicated with no clear spot in the lineup for Ramirez.

In all likelihood, Ramirez will move to left field as Bogaerts already earned the shortstop role, making a trade for Yoenis Cespedes very likely. The other possibility is Bogaerts headlining a trade for Cole Hamels, but that seems much less likely.

Boston is clearly much more engaged in this year’s free agent market, adding Sandoval as well and showing interest in Jon Lester.

Ramirez does have a fifth year option worth $22 million.

-Will K.
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