Red Sox reunion for Hanley?
The Red Sox are reportedly interested in another reunion of sorts, this time with Hanley Ramirez.
A free agent for the first time in his career, Ramirez is one of the best power bats on the market. He’s primarily been a shortstop, but Ramirez is open to switching positions to third base, which is a position of need for the Red Sox. That could set up a return to Boston 10 years in the making, writes Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Ramirez was developed by the Red Sox and made his big league debut with the club in 2005, when he was 21. That November, Ramirez was the main prospect in a trade with the Marlins that brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and other team officials have known Ramirez since he was a teenage prospect in the Dominican Republic. According to the Globe, the Sox would like to speak to Ramirez about a potential deal.
Still, Boston’s interest in Ramirez is likely to be tempered by a few factors. Ramirez will be 31 in December and has struggled to stay healthy, missing 185 games over the last four seasons with a variety of ailments. He turned down a qualifying offer from the Dodgers on Monday, meaning the Red Sox would surrender a draft pick if they signed him. That qualifying offer was worth $15.3 million for 2015, indicating Ramirez and his agents are likely to command a multi-year deal with a high price tag.
The Red Sox are reportedly checking in on other free agent third baseman in Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley, so Ramirez might eventually become a more coveted option for Boston should Headley and Sandoval wind up somewhere else.
One thing is for sure, though, Ramirez can still hit. The three-time All-Star posted a .283/.369/.448 slash line with 35 doubles and 13 home runs over 128 games with the Dodgers this year.