CC Sabathia was shocked to learn that Yankees nemesis Hanley Ramirez had been designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday, but he’ll take it.
“Thank you,” Sabathia said of his reaction. “He always seems to kill us, so I’m glad I don’t have to face him there anymore.”
Ramirez has done plenty of damage against the Yankees over the years, including this one. The slugger is 7-for-18 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 2018 when facing Boston’s AL East rival, and has homered twice off Sabathia in 25 career at-bats.
But Ramirez has been in a brutal slump for most of May, going just 13-for-80 with five extra-base hits, 14 strikeouts and an OPS of .500. He’s making $22 million this season and has a $22 million vesting option for next year.
“It’s a bit of a stunner,’’ Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “The first thing I said was, ‘I’m glad we don’t have to see him.’ He’s gotten some big hits against us already this year.”
Both Boone and Sabathia said they are confident Ramirez will surface elsewhere, however.
“He’ll get picked up right away,’’ Sabathia said. “I don’t understand why they let him go. Who’s gonna hit left-handers?”
According to Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Boston manager Alex Cora said he wanted to play Mitch Moreland at first base and didn’t think Ramirez would be happy as a role player when they activated Dustin Pedroia.
“He’s still a guy that has a lot of baseball left in him,’’ Boone said. “But when you take a step back and look at it, you can understand the move, to some degree, for them and their roster.”
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