Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment back on May 25 and released by the Boston Red Sox shortly thereafter. He remains unsigned. Whether all teams were aware of this or not, there might be a non-baseball reason that he has not been added to a roster.
Michele McPhee reported that the former Red Sox player is “being eyed” in connection with a federal and state investigation.
She also then called in to WAAF radio, and provided some additional details. It is tied to an ongoing drug investigation into a Fentanyl distribution case, according to McPhee. A person was allegedly pulled over with a very large amount of Fentanyl (435 grams), and that person identified Hanley Ramirez as being connected to some of the drugs, and also FaceTimed Ramirez two days prior to his release.
Ramirez has not been charged at this time.
The Red Sox denied knowing about any investigation as part of their decision to release Ramirez.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Ramirez’ agent is also denying any knowledge of being under investigation.
More as it comes out.