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REPORT: Orioles Express Interest in FA Hanley Ramirez

June 04, 2018 - 9:23 am

By Joe Schiller

The 2018 regular season has been anything but kind to the Baltimore Orioles. Through 58 games they sit with the worst record in the MLB (17-41) and have had plenty of shortcomings on both sides of the plate.

With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline fastly approaching, the Orioles will have some crucial decisions to make regarding the future of Manny Machado and likely other top players in the organization. So far there’s been no indication of the level of interest in that department but the front office is exploring the current free agent market.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Orioles have expressed interest in the recently released veteran Hanley Ramirez. The first baseman/designated hitter was released by the Boston Red Sox last Friday, one week after being designated for assignment.

Ramirez has struggled to find his bat this season, posting a .254/.313/.395 slash line in 44 games. The Red Sox will pay Ramirez estimated $15 million left on his contract through this season and he’s free to sign with any of the 29 remaining teams.

When asked about the possibility, Orioles general manager Dan Duquette called the situation “under consideration.”

Mark Trumbo has primarily handled the DH duties since coming off of injury but has yet to rekindle the power present during the 2016 season. Pedro Alvarez has also split time at the position but is batting just .188 in 39 games.

Ramirez may provide a spark to a batting lineup that currently ranks 26th in total hits, 27th in RBIs and 29th in runs scored but many would counter that the Orioles should be providing the opportunity to young talent at this point in this season.