By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
Hanley Ramirez is back in professional baseball after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox last May.
Ramirez signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the agreement.
Hanley Ramirez in agreement with #Indians on minor-league deal, pending physical, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 24, 2019
Ramirez hit .254 with 6 home runs in 177 at-bats for Boston last season. Last year marked the final season of Ramirez’s 4-year, $88 million deal with the Red Sox. The team avoided a vesting option by releasing Ramirez, who needed just under 500 plate appearances to guarantee an additional $22 million from the Sox for 2019.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora wished Ramirez well when asked about the signing on Sunday.
Alex Cora on Hanley Ramirez signing a minor league deal with Cleveland: pic.twitter.com/r8FQDlXd9R— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) February 24, 2019
Ramirez could compete for time with the Indians, who traded away designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion this offseason.