Hanley Ramirez Caught in the Middle of Federal Investigation

June 25, 2018 8:04 PM
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After Hanley Ramirez is DFA’d, he finds him self tangled in federal investigation.

Four weeks ago, Hanley Ramirez was cut from the Boston Red Sox due to his struggles at the plate in 2018. Dave Dombrowski, the General Manager for the Boston Red Sox claimed it was purely a baseball move. There is some truth to the statement due to the fact that Ramirez had been struggling leading in 2018.

However, there may be more than what meets the eye in this situation. While Ramirez had been struggling, he has had an above average career. The former All-Star was surprised with the decision as well as the local media when the news broke.

Dombrowski has a history of mysterious roster moves connected to troubled ball players. Ugueth Urbina pitched for the Detroit Tigers when Dave Dombrowski was the GM there. Urbina was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005 under odd circumstances but the reason soon came to light. Shortly after the trade, Urbina was arrested for attempted murder in Venezuela. A few years later, starting center fielder Alex Sanchez is cut during spring training with little explanation. Weeks later, it is discovered Sanchez failed a drug test and was one of the first players to be suspended after the steroid era ended.

That brings us to Hanley Ramirez. The Red Sox have claimed to have no prior knowledge of the investigation and that it had no impact on their decision to cut him. Ramirez is batting .254 with 6 home runs and 29 RBI. Mitch Moreland has had a break out season and has replaced Ramirez at first base. Ramirez has a hefty contract that guarantees him $22 million in his age 34 season. For what Hanley is producing, he probably does not deserve the big pay check. So then rises the question, is there something more than just baseball involved here?

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