Report: Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic

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Coming off a disappointing first season with the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he plans to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic in order to prepare for 2016.

After inking a four-year, $88 million deal with Boston last November, Ramirez batted just .241 with 19 home runs and a .717 OPS this past season while battling a nagging right shoulder injury. The injury kept him out of action for the final five weeks of the season, but he told Rojas that he’s feeling good now.

Ramirez’s defense in left field was a disaster this season, so the Red Sox plan to move him to first base in 2016. His shoulder injury prevented him from getting any reps at his new position in September, but winter ball could give him that opportunity. The Red Sox have also told him to lose some weight and he’s apparently taking that edict seriously.