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 …
Hanley IS moving to first base by next year, he said. Maybe some this year. He’s on board. “I’m looking forward to it.”
— Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) August 25, 2015
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.