Hanley Ramirez


Here's What Twitter Is Saying About The Possibility Of Hanley Ramirez Joining The Mets

May 25, 2018 - 3:25 pm

By WFAN.com

Immediately after news broke Friday that the Boston Red Sox are designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment, the Mets were being linked to the three-time All-Star.

WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts immediately said it was a "no-brainer" that the Mets should pursue him. WFAN's Maggie Gray tweeted "I know a team in Queens that could use him."

To be sure, there's been no word yet out of Flushing about whether the Mets might be interested in Ramirez. But many on social media believe it seems like just the type of move general manager Sandy Alderson would make, following the trend of signing aging stars such as Jose Reyes, Adrian Gonzalez, Jason Vargas and, most recently, Jose Bautista. Some Twitter users had some particularly entertaining takes on the possibility.

Of course, not all Mets fans on Twitter were poking fun at the idea.

The Red Sox have seven days to trade or release the 34-year-old Ramirez, who is batting .254 with six home runs and 29 RBIs this season.

Ramirez signed an $88 million, four-year contract with the Red Sox as a free agent before the 2015 season, and Boston is responsible for the $15,258,065 still owed for this season. The deal contains a $22 million option that would become guaranteed if he has 1,050 plate appearances in 2017-18 combined and passed a physical at the end of the season. He already had 195 this season, leaving him 302 shy of triggering that provision.

If he is released, he would have no opportunity to trigger the 2019 option.

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Boston made the move with Ramirez to clear a roster spot for All-Star shortstop Dustin Pedroia, who was activated from the disabled list and was set to make his season debut against Atlanta after recovering from knee surgery.

SNY's Andy Martino wrote Friday that he believes the Mets are unlikely to pursue Ramirez because Wilmer Flores has been better against left-handed pitching over the past three seasons, making him arguably the better option to platoon with Gonzalez at first base.

Entering Friday night's game at Milwaukee, the Mets are 25-21, three games behind the Braves for the lead in the National League East.

With reporting from The Associated Press.