The only time Hanley Ramirez should
step foot on first base at Fenway Park next season is after he turns a double
into a single as member of another team.
Dave Dombrowski said he and Ramirez
are on the “same page” about the lackadaisical slugger moving to first in Boston. Say it ain’t
so, Dave. Say it ain’t so.
Say this is
just posturing for a possible trade to rid the Red Sox of the worst free agent signing
since Pablo Sandoval signed a few minutes earlier. Say Ramirez will never don a
Red Sox hat again.
imagine the disaster that will be Ramirez at first base? He couldn’t even come
close to handling left field, when he only had a few chances to touch the ball
in a game. So how could you expect him to handle first base, when he will
likely be asked to catch the ball multiple times each inning?
Ramirez has the ability to be a middle of the order slugger. Well, for a month
or so at a time between injuries.
though, would need to hit .500 with 80 home runs and 200 RBIs to make up for
the damage he would do on first base. Actually, that still might not be enough
for the damage he would do to the pitching staff, not to mention that attitude that
sucks the life out a baseball team.
and the Red Sox want Ramirez to lose some weight heading into next season, and
he is saying all the right things about such requests. Ramirez said he can
play, short stop, third base, left field, first base, or anywhere else they
Red Sox need Ramirez is out of town. And quickly.
won’t be easy, but it must be done. The Red Sox owe Ramirez $22,750,000 for each
of the next three seasons. There probably isn’t a sucker out there who will
take Ramirez off Boston’s hands even if the Red Sox eat more than half of that
unless Ben Cherington lands another GM gig.
Even if it
takes eating all of that salary just to release Ramirez, it would be a better
option than letting him play first base. This offseason, the subtraction of
Hanley would be the biggest addition Dombrowski could possibly make, no matter
how much it costs.
one season. Come one, Dave, don’t let Hanley ruin another one.
this Ramirez first-base talk is just that.
the silly talk of bringing Sandoval back in 2016 is just posturing, too.