BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox have released Hanley Ramirez, a week after designating him for assignment.
The AL East leaders made the move before playing at Houston on Friday night. The Red Sox are responsible for the $15.25 million remaining on his contract, but the move avoids Ramirez triggering a $22 million salary for 2019.
Ramirez hit .254 with six homers and 29 RBIs in 44 games this season as a designated hitter and first baseman.
He struggled in May, batting just .163 with three homers and 12 RBIs.
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