I could save you a few minutes and give you my personal opinion, which is no, not worth it. I don't want this guy anywhere near this team, not even in the same division. Send him to the National League. Just get him away from me. However, since he's still on this team as of today, as a starter nonetheless, I need to figure out how the Sox could possibly make this work.
I'm still under the impression that last year was just a nightmare and I'm going to wake up and joke about the idea of Hanley Ramirez playing left field. The picture above accurately represents Ramirez's season as a whole; a disaster. When Ben Cherington signed Ramirez, there was a little bit of skepticism, but many fans were eager to welcome back their former Red Sox player. However, with the potential of a Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo outfield, why Ramirez was even a consideration in left field is still a mystery to me.
Remeber in Little League, when all the kids that couldn't play were just thrown into the outfield, and the coaches just closed their eyes whenever the ball was hit to them? Well, that was essentially the plan for Hanley in 2015. As we all know now, the decision to put Hanley in left was a destructive one, to say the least, but could he work at another position? As it stands right now, the Sox have finally ditched the idea of Hanley as an outfielder, and introduced Hanley as a first basemen. With the exception of a few players, first base seems to be the position filled with overweight, less athletic, catchers that can't get down in the crouch anymore. A perfect fit for Hanley, or so we hope.
The question for the Red Sox upcoming season and for the future is, would 130 games at first base be worth keeping Hanley for the future? The only reason this is even being discussed is because David Ortiz has decided that the next 162 games, excluding the playoffs, will be his last. Therefore, come 2017, the Sox will have a big hole to fill in the DH position, and Hanley could be that guy.
We all know Hanley can hit the ball, especially with the short fence in left, he should have no problem smoking the ball onto Landsdowne Street 30 times a year.
So, could you live with Hanley only leaving the dugout to swing a bat?
Most, if not all of the damage Ramirez causes comes in the field, so the idea of him as a designated hitter sounds very enticing, at least on paper.
We've all seen the recent pictures of Hanley working out in the gym, and the rumors of him losing weight and working hard, but are we really falling for this again? Are we becoming the naive high school girl who keeps going back to her boyfriend that continues to cheat on her? Yes, he might come back in shape, but it will take a lot more than weight loss to convince me that Hanley is taking this game seriously. I still strongly believe he will start out decently, like last year, then he will turn into the same old Hanley, who is too lazy to bend over to field a ground ball.
Now, this is all a hypothetical situation and Dombrowski might still move Ramirez before the season even starts. Like I said, no matter how you try and justify him being on this team, it is just not worth it with this guy. Travis Shaw is a perfectly viable option as a young, promising player who showed us flashes of brilliance last year, hitting .270 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs in just 65 games, Shaw would be a much better option for Boston in 2016.
Go out and over pay Chris Davis. You get your first baseman for this year and your designated hitter for the next few years after that. With either of these options; Hanley's gone, Ortiz is happy, the future is bright and Red Sox nation is happy.
No matter what the Red Sox front office decides to do with this guy, Boston should at least be a playoff team this year. With the Price signing, and the additions to the bullpen, the Sox have vastly improved in their areas of need. We all saw what happened when they finally decided to sit Ramirez for the end of the season, just imagine how much better this team will be when he's playing for Dan Duquette in Baltimore. Let's make this happen people.
By Matt Watts