Tampa Bay Rays Release Utilityman With .300 Batting Average Since 2022

The Tampa Bay Rays have officially released utilityman Harold Ramirez following his designation for assignment last week, as reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. 

Ramirez, now a free agent, can sign with any team. 

Despite the Rays' efforts to explore trade options during the offseason and spring training, they were unable to secure a suitable deal for the 29-year-old. 

The Rays remain responsible for the remaining $2.19 million of Ramirez's $3.8 million salary, with any new team only needing to pay the prorated league minimum.

Ramirez had a strong showing in the 2022-23 seasons, posting a .306/.348/.432 slash line over 869 plate appearances and excelling against left-handed pitching. 

However, his defensive limitations in the outfield corners and at first base, coupled with his free-swinging approach and low walk rate, made him primarily a designated hitter for Tampa Bay. 

This season, Ramirez struggled offensively considering his regular numbers, slashing .268/.284/.305, with one home run, 13 RBIs, five stolen bases, and 21 runs scored across 48 games played.

Since 2022, Ramirez holds an impressive .300/.337/.411 triple-slash line, along with 19 home runs, 139 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, and 125 runs scored across 290 games played.

The Rays, currently holding a 33-36 record and positioned last in the American League East, decided to part ways with Ramirez as they head into a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. 

Ramirez's right-handed bat, low acquisition cost, and potential to rebound could make him an appealing option for teams needing production against left-handed pitching.

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