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Hanley Ramirez won’t play any more outfield for Red Sox


Hanley Ramirez began fielding grounders at first base last week and acknowledged to reporters that he is being asked to move there for the 2016 season, adding that he’s “looking forward to” the change after a dreadful summer in left field.

Hanley was expected to get a couple starts at first base down the stretch in September and then focus entirely on the new position leading into 2016. But that experiment has been expedited with Hanley currently battling a left shoulder injury and Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and Jackie Bradley Jr. playing so well together in the Boston outfield.

Via beat writer Sean McAdam of

Asked if he expected to see Ramirez play the outfield again in 2015, Lovullo answered: “I do not.”

Questioned about the change, Lovullo said there were a number of factors that went into the decision.

“I think we’ve just walked through a couple of scenarios,” said Lovullo, “and I think that with how the young kids have been doing in the outfield, we want to give them the time there that they deserve. And I think the timing of Hanley’s injury is pushing him back a little bit. It’s just condensing that ability to go and play left field until he transitions to first base.

The reworking of the Red Sox has already begun under new club president Dave Dombrowski.

Ramirez, 31, is owed $22.75 million per year through 2018. He also carries a vesting option for 2019.

Report: Giants talking to Red Sox about trade for Alejandro De Aza

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 15:  Alejandro De Aza #31 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases on a home run in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park on August 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Giants acquired Marlon Byrd from the Reds earlier this month after Hunter Pence went down with an oblique injury, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports they aren’t done trying to make some tweaks to their roster.

De Aza really struggled with the Orioles earlier this year, but he’s batting .292 with 18 extra-base hits (including four home runs), 25 RBI, and an .831 OPS in 60 games since joining the Red Sox in June. Boston is understandably running Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. out there on most days right now, but De Aza could be a useful piece for a contender in a part-time or bench role.

The clock is ticking on the possibility, as the Giants must get a deal done by the end of the day today in order to have De Aza eligible for the postseason. Stay tuned.

Hanley Ramirez is moving to first base next year

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Hanley Ramirez has been a disaster on defense this year — his first as a starting outfielder — so the Red Sox will make a big change leading into 2016. Via Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald

Ramirez was spotted fielding grounders and making throws at first base ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox, which prompted the questions from Silverman and some other Boston beat writers. Hanley, a former shortstop, happily revealed the plan while acknowledging that the Red Sox are better off with Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Rusney Castillo patrolling the outfield on a regular basis.

Ramirez, 31, is owed $22.75 million per year through 2018. He also carries a vesting option for 2019.

This sounds like the first directive to come from new Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski.