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Hanley Ramirez has found a new team

Rob Bradford
February 24, 2019 - 7:23 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hanley Ramirez isn't done quite yet.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the 35-year-old former Red Sox has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Indians.

There is a very real possibility Ramirez makes the team with Cleveland as a member of a first base/designated hitter mix with Carlos Santana currently being joined at the spot with Jake Bauers.

The right-handed hitter hasn't played since being released by the Red Sox following his team's May 24 game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. At the time Ramirez was hitting .254 with a .708 OPS, but had slumped mightily in May, hitting .163 with a .500 OPS.

While he didn't play again throughout the 2018 season, Ramirez did draw positive reviews during his stint with Licey in the Dominican Winter League, finishing with three homers and a .829 OPS in 18 games.

Heading into 2018 Ramirez was on target to possibly stay with the Red Sox for another season, needing 497 plate appearances for $22 million option to vest for 2019.

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