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Reports: Jose Fernandez was almost a Diamondback; predicted he and Giancarlo Stanton would be Yankees


Current Yankees outfielder and former Marlin Giancarlo Stanton appeared to accept his MVP Award at the New York BBWAA chapter dinner last night. While there, Stanton mentioned that his former teammate, the late Jose Fernandez, had predicted the duo would sign with the Yankees as free agents, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports.

According to Stanton, Fernandez said, “Hey, if this doesn’t work down here, I’m gonna be a free agent, and I’m gonna sign with the Yankees and you’re coming with me.” Stanton said, “Well, now I’m here and I’m gonna take a little piece of him with me and bring it to New York. It’s great to be here.”

Craig Mish of Sirius XM later added that Fernandez was apparently close to being traded to the Diamondbacks in 2015. Mish said that he hasn’t been able to get full details, but “something happened to nix that deal.”

Fernandez was killed at the age of 24 in a boating accent on September 25, 2016. Had that not happened, Fernandez almost certainly would have been part of the Marlins’ fire sale this offseason, which has already seen Stanton as well as Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon, and Christian Yelich shipped out. Catcher J.T. Realmuto is likely to be moved as well.

The Red Sox to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

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The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.

Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.

Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.