The Red Sox will now have seven days to trade or release Ramirez, with the latter representing the more likely scenario given he's owed almost $16 million more the rest of the season. In response to the news, Swihart indicated that he is going to continue to approach the game the way he always has. The Red Sox have a one-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East and own the best record (34-16) in the majors.
Ramirez, who signed a four-year, $88 million contract with the Red Sox in December 2014, is hitting.254/.313/.395 with six home runs and 29 runs batted in this season.
The Red Sox now have seven days to trade or release Ramirez, who thanked Red Sox Nation in a tweet early Friday afternoon: "It's been real".
There was speculation was that the Red Sox would designated Blake Swihart to make room for Pedroia. He hit.163 with three homers and 12 RBIs in May after starting the season with a.330 average, three homers and 17 RBIs.
Pedroia, 34, has yet to take the field for the Sox this season thanks to offseason surgery to address a cartilage issue in his left knee. He was 1 for 14 in his five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket, prompting Cora to joke to reporters (via The Associated Press), "He's saving his hits for Fenway". He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and Most Valuable Player in 2008.