Hanley Ramirez was on the bench for the Red Sox’s three-game series against the Mets over the weekend and he remains out of the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Yankees because of a left shoulder injury.
Ramirez has avoided the disabled list this season, but he’s been a mess with multiple nagging injuries and terrible production since a strong April. In the first season of a four-year, $88 million contract he’s hit just .249 with 19 homers and a .717 OPS in 105 games overall, including a .644 OPS since May 1.
After taking over Boston’s front office Dave Dombrowski wasted little time saying Ramirez would be moving to first base in 2016, although surely the Red Sox would be very open to trading him before that happens.
The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.
Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.
It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.
Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.