Hanley Ramirez is immensely talented. He is young. He is under team control for the next two and a half years. He’s making big money, but it’s not a price tag that would make you projectile vomit. But trust me when I say this, he is most literally the exact opposite of what this Red Sox team needs.
Ramirez does not pitch deep into games. He does not know how to locate his fastball, especially on the inner third or even just off of the plate. He can’t match up with C.C. Sabathia, David Price, or Justin Verlander. He is not a quality top half of the rotation pitcher.
Ramirez is, however, selfish and immature, two characteristics that the Red Sox need to be moving away from, not inviting in. When rumors began to surface that the Red Sox were interested in potentially acquiring the shortstop/third baseman, I immediately shook my head.
Just like another Ramirez we all know well, Hanley was traded to the Dodgers. He will likely succeed (at least for a period of time) on the West Coast, but soon enough, LA will be searching for an exit strategy. And like all super-talented players, Ramirez will have plenty of suitors. Let’s hope that the Red Sox are never one of them.