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Indians ink Hanley Ramírez to minor league deal

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Free agent infielder Hanley Ramírez has signed a minor league deal with the Indians, per a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The team has yet to announce the signing, which is currently pending the completion of a physical.

It’s been a while since Ramírez set foot on the big league stage. The 35-year-old suited up for the Red Sox last spring, but only appeared in 44 games before getting released by the team in late May. During that span, he slashed .254/.313/.395 with six home runs, four stolen bases (in five chances), a .708 OPS, and -0.2 fWAR through 195 plate appearances.

Given Ramírez’s declining defensive value and equally cringeworthy offensive stats, it seems ludicrous to suggest that he’ll be able to earn a starting role with the club in camp. Still, it’s a low-risk move for the Indians, and one that may yet pay off in the event that they need insurance for shortstop Francisco Lindor (out 7-9 weeks with a strained calf) or a platoon partner for first baseman Jake Bauers.

Mitch Moreland signs one-year, $3 million deal with Red Sox

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First baseman Mitch Moreland is back with the Red Sox. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the veteran has inked a one-year, $3 million to remain in Boston. The contract calls for a $2.5 million salary for 2020 and includes a 2021 club option worth $3 million with a $500,000 buyout.

Moreland has spent the past three seasons with the Red Sox. Last year, he hit .252/.328/.507 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI over 335 plate appearances. He mostly faced right-handed pitching, platooning at first base with Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, and Steve Pearce.

Moreland will once again platoon at first base with Chavis. Chavis also played second and third base last year, so he could find time at those positions when Moreland is in the starting lineup.