It took me awhile to get here, but it is official: I want the Red Sox to trade Hanley Ramirez at all costs.
For such a long time, I believed that the Red Sox were going to be able to right the ship with Hanley Ramirez. Perhaps the idea of him going to the team that gave him his first chance in Major League Baseball gave me a slight inclination that he would change his ways.
But I was wrong.
Hanley Ramirez is still the lazy, unathletic slob that doesn't care. If Hanley Ramirez put half the effort that he puts into milking injuries and complaining about playing the infield into trying to become a better player, there is no doubt in my mind that he would be one of the best players in the game.
At the start of the season, Hanley Ramirez was an absolute monster. Every other hit of his in April seemed like a home run. But, unfortunately, Ramirez started to dip out of games as the season started to spiral downwards.
Fast forward a couple months, and Hanley Ramirez has been out for over a week because he fouled a ball off of his leg. Really? Suck it up and go earn your massive contract. To date, Ramirez has played in 97 games and hit .262 with 19 home runs and 53 RBIs. While these numbers may not look bad, take a deeper look at them.
Ramirez has only hit 9 doubles. How is that even possible? Now, Ramirez either hits a home run or doesn't hit at all, with the latter being much more frequent recently.
His power and potential has always enticed me, but I think that the Red Sox will never win another World Series as long as Hanley Ramirez is still on this team. I don't want him playing first or being the designated hitter when Ortiz retires, rather I want him to be traded ASAP. Even if that means eating a whole lot of money.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS