Dustin Pedroia glad to be back in lineup

Could Hanley Ramirez be on the Twins' radar? - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

Could Hanley Ramirez be on the Twins' radar? - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

Swihart allegedly can move around the diamond and play second or third, though he's only appeared in major league games at first base, left field, catcher and DH, and he's yet to prove he's more than average at any of them.

Pedroia last played in a major league game October 9 in the Red Sox' Game 4 ALDS loss to the Houston Astros. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and Most Valuable Player in 2008.

The team now has seven days to trade or release Ramirez, who would be paid $15 million if not traded or claimed by another club. It will be the Red Sox' first alumni game since 1993, and fans with tickets for the regularly scheduled game at 1:05 p.m. are invited to attend.

Ramirez could file a grievance saying the Red Sox tried to keep him from reaching his $22 million vesting option.

Just in case you had any doubts before, there's no doubt after Friday's startling decision to say goodbye to Hanley Ramirez.

Dombrowski and Cora informed Ramirez of the decision in Cora's office following the return trip from a three-game series at Tampa Bay.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia's comeback from offseason knee surgery is complete. Mitch Moreland has been hitting well with a.311/.390/.612 line, plus he's the superior defender at first base. He played on the 1903 and 1904 pennant winners and hit.286 with 90 triples, 48 home runs and 713 RBI from 1901-07. Moreland had two hits as he becomes the primary first baseman with Ramirez out of the picture.

Boston Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez takes off his batting helmet after grounding out with bases loaded during a September 29, 2017, game against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park.

"The three/four all depends who we're facing", manager Alex Cora said. It's tough. I haven't spoken with him yet.

Ramirez's contract was for four years and $88 million plus the $22 million vesting option for 2019 (if Ramirez had 1,050 plate appearances over the 2017 and 2018 seasons). Obviously, everyone knows my relationship with him. He's a good player. I care about him and his family.

This is surprising for a few reasons.

When Ramirez's struggles this month continued, Cora said the team - and Ramirez - were better served with him gone. He played 105 games (.249, 12 home runs). The Red Sox are responsible for the vast majority of Sandoval's $18 million salary this year, with the $545,000 he is earning from San Francisco offset against the total.

"I'm very, very excited".

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