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Red Sox To Activate Dustin Pedroia

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Rita Gibson | 26 May, 2018, 04:02

In 44 games this season, Ramirez totaled just 45 hits in 177 plate appearances.

The Mets recently signed former All-Star Jose Bautista as a right-handed bat needed to offset an abunndance of lefty hitters with Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier on the disabled list.

Team president Dave Dombrowski on Friday told reporters (via The Globe) that manager Alex Cora called him with the idea that Ramirez was the odd man out.

Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated by the Boston Red Sox on Friday after missing Boston's first 50 games while recovering from knee surgery. Swihart, a switch-hitter, can now see more time at designated hitter. Ramirez was on pace to reach the number of at bats needed for his contract for next year to kick in.

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There is a financial incentive for the Red Sox to make this move.

This season Ramirez is slashing.254/.313/.395 with a would-be career-low 7.2 percent walk rate but has a respectable 17.9 percent strikeout rate. He has 1 DRS at first this season after -5 DRS last season at the position. By designating him, Boston will not have to pay that option for next year, saving $22 million in 2019. He was now at 195 plate appearances and if/when he is released by the Red Sox that option goes away.

Swihart has struggled to find routine playing time this season, but that is set to change after the Red Sox designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

Boston Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez smiles after hitting a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during third-inning baseball game action in Toronto, Saturday, May 12, 2018.

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