Red Sox request release waivers for Hanley Ramírez

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WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that the Red Sox have asked for unconditional release waivers on the contract of Hanley Ramírez. The club designated him for assignment on Friday.

Ramírez, 34, will head into free agency after batting a light .254/.313/.395 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 195 plate appearances for the Red Sox. He split his playing time between first base and DH. Mitch Moreland had played first base when Ramírez wasn’t there, so he figures to see an increase in playing time there.

Ramírez is owed the remainder of his $22 million salary — about $15 million — for the 2018 season and has a $22 million option for the 2019 season that vests if he accrues 497 plate appearances.