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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Add another name to the list of candidates that will be competing for jobs in spring camp for the Cleveland Indians. 35-year-old Hanley Ramirez.
Ramirez, who was released last season by the Boston Red Sox, agreed to a minor league deal with Cleveland, which includes an invite to big league camp. The deal is pending a physical.
Ramirez, who signed a four-year $88 million deal with the Red Sox a few years ago, is coming off his worst season in MLB. He'll likely compete for a spot at 1B or DH for the Tribe. Indians manager Terry Francona and his coaching staff will need to decide how to juggle Carlos Santana, Jake Bauers and Ramirez when it comes to 1B and DH. Bauers can also play the corner outfield positions.
Francona opted not to discuss the signing with the media until the deal is made official.
Ramirez, a 3-time All-Star, hit .254 last season with 6 HR and 29 RBI, while sporting an OBP of .313.