Ramirez chooses free agency after clearing waivers

Reuters

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.

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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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