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Hanley Ramirez reportedly involved in federal and state investigation

Alex Reimer
June 22, 2018 - 6:47 pm

Former Red Sox infielder Hanley Ramirez is involved in an ongoing federal and state investigation, according to ABC News' Michele McPhee.

The Red Sox, who released Ramirez June 1, deny they were aware of the alleged probe when they cut bait with the right-handed slugger. 

“The Red Sox , nor MLB are aware of any investigation. We moved Hanley off the roster for baseball reasons,” Red Sox president Sam Kennedy told Kirk Minihane.

MLB didn’t comment on the report, per NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich

In an interview with WAAF, McPhee expanded on her tweet, saying Ramirez is snarred in an inquiry regarding a "very large fentanyl distribution case" that's centered in Lawrence. She says a person who was recently pulled over and found carrying 435 grams of the drug FaceTimed Ramirez during a traffic stop, tying him to the case. 

Ramirez’s agent, Adam Katz, denies his client knows about the situation. “Hanley has no knowledge of any of the allegations contained in this media report and he is not aware of any investigation,” Katz said in a statement

Ramirez, 34, has curiously remained unsigned since the Red Sox let him go. He was hitting .254/.313/.395 with six home runs in 195 plate appearances when the Red Sox released him.

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