Boston Red Sox: A trade partner for Hanley Ramirez
The “Hanley Ramirez – Left Fielder” experiment was a miserable failure this past season. Not only was Hanley’s defense abysmal, he also posted the worst offensive season of his career in the first year of his four-year, $88 million contract.
Hanley is currently listed on the Red Sox depth chart as the team’s first baseman. He has never played first base in his ten-year career, but there really is nowhere else for him to play in Boston. His natural position, shortstop, is occupied by budding superstar Xander Bogaerts. Hanley has lost a step at this point of his career, and is not even a viable shortstop option in the first place. David Ortiz is their everyday designated hitter, and there is no way in hell the Sox put Ramirez back in the outfield.
The best case scenario for Boston would be to trade Ramirez and let Travis Shaw handle the first base duties. The problem, however, is that Hanley is owed $66 million over the next three years and is coming off the worst season of his career. Not many teams would be willing to adopt the declining Ramirez and his attached contract.
If they can’t trade Hanley, Mr. Claus, can they at least get him a helmet that fits?
Stocking Stuffers: a treadmill for Pablo Sandoval, a pair of stilts for Dustin Pedroia, and some razors.