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RED SOX SIGN RAMIREZ TO PLAY LEFTFIELD

RED SOX SIGN RAMIREZ TO PLAY LEFTFIELD

RED SOX AND LEFT FIELDER HANLEY RAMIREZ
AGREE TO FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT
Infielder Juan Francisco Designated for Assignment

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today agreed with left fielder Hanley Ramirez on a four-year contract through the 2018 season. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Juan Francisco was designated for assignment. Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.

A three-time National League All-Star, Ramirez, 30, hit .283 with 35 doubles, 13 home runs, 71 RBI, 56 walks, and 14 stolen bases in 128 games for the division-champion Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014 as the club’s primary shortstop. He hit .321 with runners in scoring position, eighth best in the National League, and ranked 10th in the NL in both on-base percentage (.369) and RBI ratio (6.3 AB/RBI).

Ramirez, who will wear No. 13, is the only major leaguer with at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases in each of the last nine seasons beginning in 2006, his first full big league campaign.

Following a mid-August stint on the disabled list in 2014, the right-handed batter hit .305 in his final 28 regular season games, including a .440 average (22-for-50) over his last 16 contests.

 

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