Red Sox: Activate Dustin Pedroia, designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia speaks to teammates in the dugout before an interleague baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park Friday

I was getting ready to go for a run. The Red Sox should have kept Hanley for the rest of the year for his bat and proven track record in the playoffs. "We felt it was time to play Moreland more". There are only four players with at least 150 plate appearances who have gotten at least 80 percent of their playing time at DH. In his four seasons with the Red Sox, he provided above-average offense in only 2016. Every baseball player goes through a slump but it takes time to get out of it. In doing so, the Red Sox will walk away from more than $15 million remaining on Ramirez's salary through the duration of this season.

The second reason is the Red Sox must have an enormous amount of faith in Blake Swihart.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement. Mitch Moreland has been hitting well with a.311/.390/.612 line, plus he's the superior defender at first base. He was voted the National League Rookie of the Year in 2006, and over five-and-a-half healthy seasons he hit.306/.380/.506 with 134 home runs and 214 doubles.

It was almost 4 a.m.by the time the Red Sox flight from Tampa landed in Boston, and within 12 hours, Hanley Ramirez's locker already was cleared out, his clubhouse stereo silent. A left shoulder injury and subsequent offseason surgery limited Ramirez to a.750 OPS last season, a number that had slid further to.708 through 44 games in 2018.

"I don't want to break up the top two", manager Alex Cora said. It's tough. I haven't spoken with him yet.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia gestures in the dugout before an interaleague baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park Friday

However, Ramirez carries a $22 million option for 2019 that automatically vests if he reaches 497 plate appearances this season, per Spotrac. Obviously, everyone knows my relationship with him.

The reasoning, in part, was both players were good contact hitters. "I care about him and his family and everything, and I wish him the best".

When Ramirez's struggles this month continued, Cora said the team - and Ramirez - were better served with him gone. "It was a two-run game, Steven (Wright) comes in and he didn't blink".

One of his first moves was to put an end to the Ramirez-as-left-fielder experiment that Ben Cherington wanted and move him to first base. "Honestly, I do feel that guys might open up because you don't have that presence, you don't have a guy that's been in the big leagues for X-amount of years, he's a veteran, a guy that is very outspoken in the clubhouse".

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