Hanley Ramirez Plans To DH A Lot This Season

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Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Hanley Ramirez “wants to DH a lot.”

Which is good, because that’s where he’ll get the large majority of his starts in 2017. Hanley holds an impressive .331/.381/.634 career slash line as a designated hitter. The role seems to suit him well, and he could be headed for a huge year as the replacement to David Ortiz.

 First things first, I love Hanley Ramirez. I’ve been on the Hanley train since the Red Sox traded him back in 2005 and I haven’t ever considered leaving. That being said this news is music to every Sox fans ears. While not an absolute disaster it can be agreed on that Hanley was not a great first baseman as he posted a -1.3 dWAR in 2016. The move to DH could open up more at bats for Ramirez as he has been injury prone throughout his career and staying off the field could help keep him fresh throughout the season.

Looking at this from a fantasy perspective should make owners salivate at the thought of landing Ramirez in the eighth round. Playing in an absolutely loaded lineup in one of the best hitting ballparks in the league led to a huge year in 2016 and the same can be expected in 2017. He should be locked into the four or five hole throughout the season and will have plenty of opportunities to rack up all kinds of fantasy goodness.

 

YES! Clay Bucholz Is Returning To the Red Sox Rotation!

I might be the biggest (and maybe only) Clay Bucholz fan in the world. The guy is a two time all-star who takes so much crap when he struggles and gets no recognition when he pitches well. Yes, the beginning of this year was an absolute disaster, but to pitch guys like Roenis Elias while Bucholz is in the bullpen is an insult to every single Sox fan. Why not give Clay a couple more starts to figure it out? He has proven over multiple seasons that he can lead a pitching staff when healthy. Obviously he hasn’t been able to stay healthy for an elongated period of time but he is still the best option that the Sox currently have. I’m so excited for his return to the rotation and I fully expect him to take advantage of this second chance. When Clay pitches well and stabilizes the back end of the rotation I can’t wait to point out this post and say I told you so.

Clay Believe