On the day that the Red Sox announced the arrival of their new GM, Mike Hazen, they also revealed that Hanley Ramirez will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hanley Ramirez has been shut down for the season. Shoulder hasn’t responded. Surgery “unlikely.” Rest and rehab for now.</p>— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) <a href="https://twitter.com/TimBritton/status/647149192356433920">September 24, 2015</a></blockquote>
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While they apparently don't think that surgery is likely at this point, as the Greg Holland situation has reminded us, things can change quickly in small amount of time.
The Red Sox also announced that Pablo Sandoval's recent bout of dehydration and dizziness was related to pneumonia, which could also prevent him from taking the field again in 2015.
Both players were key acquisitions in the offseason, but neither was able to live up to the lofty expectations that are naturally attached to contracts of their respective sizes. They've each been worth -1.9 fWAR, and have been defensive liabilities in the field.
According to DRS, Sandoval was worth -11 runs in the field, while Ramirez was even worse at -19 runs. In today's current run scoring environment, that's just over three wins that were lost due to their inability to be league average defenders.
With a new team president in Dave Dombrowski, it remains to be seen how he'll approach Sandoval and Ramirez's futures with the team, as he could look to trade them this offseason. The Red Sox dramatically underperformed this year, and it's going to take some creative maneuvering to turn their fortunes around.