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Hanley Ramirez is officially a free agent


The Boston Red Sox have officially released Hanley Ramirez.

He’s now available at the prorated league minimum with Boston being on the hook for the remainder of the $22 million salary he’s owed in 2018.

Ramirez hit.330/.400/.474 in April before falling off to a .163/.200/.300 line in May. He was released mostly because the Sox had better options, however, and it’s still possible he has some production left in the tank.

If anyone wants to test that, they can now do it pretty inexpensively.

Marlins designate Derek Dietrich for assignment

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The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.

Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.

Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.

Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.