Red Sox designate 1B Ramirez for assignment

The Boston Red Sox appear to be giving up on Hanley Ramirez.

With second baseman Dustin Pedroia activated from the disabled list on Friday, the team has designated first baseman/designated hitter Ramirez for assignment.

The move, announced by team president Dave Dombrowski, likely ends Ramirez’s tenure in Boston. The struggling slugger is at the end of a four-year, $88 million deal, though a fifth year (at $22 million) would vest if he reached 497 plate appearances. He needs just 302 more to reach that number.

Ramirez, 34, was hitting just .254 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 44 games. He’s hit well below his lifetime averages since joining Boston in 2015, batting .260 (422-for-1,625) with 78 home runs and 255 RBI in 431 total games.

Cora did not say what the corresponding move for Pedroia’s activation would be when he announced it on Thursday, but former top prospect Blake Swihart, whose agent requested a trade earlier this month after expressing disappointment with playing time, was considered a likely choice.

Pedroia is set to make his season debut after undergoing a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee in October. Cora said the four-time All-Star will start either Friday or Saturday at home against the Atlanta Braves.

Pedroia had one hit in 14 at-bats during a five-game injury rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, playing back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday. The 34-year-old is a career .300 hitter in 12 major league seasons.

Pedroia hit .293 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs in 105 games last year while playing through the knee injury.

–Field Level Media

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