Red Sox have become a franchise where fat contracts go to die
By Rick McNair
This is an example of too much money for too little production. I know 2016 was exciting as HanRam did what was expected, but that may just be an anomaly season in his Boston tenure. If a vesting option kicks in the Red Sox will be paying over $22 Million for this season and the next two for a designated hitter. The final cost of the Ramirez contract could be in excess of $100 million.
This contract made little sense when it was done. Hanley’s defensive skills were ordinary in the best of times and those times had passed by. The move to left field was mystifying and first base was nothing exceptional. The Red Sox long-range game plan had to have Ramirez moving to DH in the latter years of his contract and that is exactly what has happened.
Ramirez would be difficult to move for payroll relief since the contract is ponderous. With Sandoval and Ramirez the Red Sox have a commitment for $40 million for this season – The Rays payroll is $70 million for the entire team.