One week after the Boston Red Sox designated him for assignment, first baseman Hanley Ramirez has now been released by the organization and is free to sign with any team.
The 34-year-old should have his share of teams to pick from as a free agent given his resume as a three-time All Star, but he is more than likely destined to land with American League team and serve as a designated hitter.
He hit just six home runs with a .254/.313/.395 slash line this season, but drove in 29 runs in 44 games for Boston. The numbers are made worse given Ramirez started the year with a .330/.400/.474 slash line, three home runs and 19 RBIs before May.
Ramirez is in the far downside of his career and an N.L. team would be accepting defensive limitations at first base if they signed him.
He still offers the potential for 20-plus home runs and has playoff experience, which could make him attractive to a team like the Houston Astros.
Boston is still responsible for more than the $15 million owed to Ramirez for the remainder of the 2018 season.