Ramirez chooses free agency after clearing waivers


Infielder Hanley Ramirez cleared waivers Tuesday and opted to become a free agent.

Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians on Saturday and could have signed a minor league contract to remain with the organization, but the team said he chose free agency.

The 35-year-old Ramirez was trying to revive his career and made the Indians' Opening Day roster as the designated hitter. He batted just .184 with 17 strikeouts in 16 games.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said that Ramirez -- a three-time All-Star -- would like to continue his playing career.

Ramirez was released in 2018 by the Boston Red Sox after playing in 44 games.

He owns a .289 career average with 271 homers and 917 RBIs over parts of 15 seasons with the Red Sox (twice), Florida/Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Indians.

--Field Level Media

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