2016 Boston Red Sox Predictions: Hanley Ramirez ‘Likely’ To Remain In Boston, Committed To First Base

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Oct. 7 2015, Updated 3:52 a.m. ET

Most predictions for the look of the 2016 Boston Red Sox roster assume that the team’s $20 million bust Hanley Ramirez would be dumped off on another team, with the Red Sox agreeing to absorb most of the reaming salary — about $90 million — on his five-year contract.

But those predictions appear to be changing somewhat, with one longtime Red Sox correspondent now reversing course and asserting that Ramirez appears “likely” to return to Boston, at least to start the 2016 campaign — even though new Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has experience unloading problem players elsewhere. Ramirez is expected to move to first base in 2016.

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“Dombrowski has been through this before, trying to move a high-salary, big-bodied player in Prince Fielder in Detroit, which he was able to do sending him to Texas for Ian Kinsler,” veteran Boston baseball correspondent Sean McAdam said Monday, on Comcast Sports Net New England. “It meant that the Tigers had to include $30 million to offset some of the money that was still due Fielder.”

But McAdam’s prediction is that Dombrowski will not want to go through that experience again.

“He’s probably going to have to do at least that with $66 million remaining on Hanley for the next three years. I think it’s more likely that they hold on to Hanley Ramirez and he comes in at least in somewhat better shape,” McAdam predicted.

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