Boston also leads the majors with a.266 team batting average, and is about to get back former AL MVP Dustin Pedroia, with the second baseman making his season debut this weekend against the Atlanta Braves.
But Dombrowski said Cora called him with the idea of dumping Ramirez whose 2005 trade to the Marlins brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox and they helped bring a World Series title to Boston in 2007, a year after Ramirez won National League Rookie of the Year honors in Miami. "Wish him the best".
He had a single, homer and triple Saturday and has missed the cycle by one hit three times this month and four times already this year.
"I felt his role was going to diminish", Cora said. "It was probably platoon, maybe come in and pinch hit late in games". Alex Speier of the Boston Globe noted Ramirez is still owed more than $15 million this season. The deal contains a $22 million option that would become guaranteed if he has 1,050 plate appearances in 2017-18.
"The vesting option has nothing to do with it", Dombrowski said.
The finely tuned working duo of manager Alex Cora and president Dave Dombrowski are firmly in control of the Red Sox right now and for the foreseeable future.
Dombrowski said he and Cora talk daily about possible moves.
It seems there was some concern on the part of all involved that Ramirez would not be a good candidate for a part-time role, which he was headed for after a tough recent run at the plate. Ramirez tweeted a farewell to Red Sox fans on Friday afternoon. I was like, 'That worked.' For him to come in to come in and catch a knuckleballer after not catching since Fort Myers or whenever the last time he caught, that caught my eye.
After being benched to start last season's ALDS, Ramirez went 8 for 12. Meanwhile, the man the Sox traded to get him, Travis Shaw, has 42 home runs and 132 RBI in 193 games for the Brewers. "Honestly, I do feel that guys might open up because you don't have that presence, you don't have a guy that's been in the big leagues for X-amount of years, he's a veteran, a guy that is very outspoken in the clubhouse".
Dombrowski said the team informed Ramirez of the move early Friday morning.
Ramirez finishes the Boston portion of his season with an 88 OPS+, but that number belies the highs and lows he's experienced.
One of his first moves was to put an end to the Ramirez-as-left-fielder experiment that Ben Cherington wanted and move him to first base.