Since Dave Dombrowski was hired by the Boston Red Sox last week, we have since learned he likes the young outfield of Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, and Rusney Castillo.
Hanley Ramirez currently plays left field and quite frankly, it hasn't been a good year for him out there.
He hasn't adapted well to the Green Monster out in left field, miss-judging balls off the wall, and letting balls find the gap. The move to first base could wind up being in the Sox's best interest.
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There have been hints dropped early in the season that Ramirez could've been dealt at the trade deadline. If Ramirez was dealt it more than likely would have benefited them and not Boston. Let's face it. Ramirez is a DH. Nothing more. He's not the left fielder Boston tried to make him. Most teams are not going to pay 20 million dollars for a DH.
Why? Well, some teams don't even use a DH, and the ones who do already have him locked up to a long-term deal. The Sox need an ace to anchor their lacklustre rotation and teams aren't just going to fork over their ace for a DH who can be inconsistent.
Move to first
Travis Shaw is currently filling in at first base and playing very well, hitting .312 with seven homers and 16 RBI's in just 30 games.
The Sox would need a miracle to pull back into the Wild Card race, so it's likely that Ramirez will be seeing some time at first to get some practice in game situations.
Ramirez was practicing taking grounders at first and making throws to second before games on Tuesday and Wednesday before playing left field against the White Sox.
The move could also benefit Ramirez hitting wise too. Playing first is less of a responsibility than left field by far so it will give Ramirez the opportunity to become more of a power threat behind David Ortiz.
With Ramirez the likely candidate to be at first on opening day of 2016, here's what the lineup could look like (with no trades):
1. Betts CF
2. Pedroia 2B
3. Castillo RF
4. Ortiz DH
5. Ramirez 1B
6. Bogaerts SS
7. Sandoval 3B
8. Bradley Jr. LF
9. Vazquez C