- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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The White Sox claimed Ramirez off waivers on Friday and have exclusive rights to work out a deal to acquire the 38-year-old.
Prior to the three-team trade that sent Ramirez to the Dodgers from the Boston Red Sox at the trade deadline in 2008, he spent his entire career in the American League. He spent eight years with the Cleveland Indians before signing with the Red Sox in 2001. If the left fielder returns to the AL with the White Sox, he’ll likely be used as a designated hitter.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz believes Ramirez returning to the AL, and becoming a DH, will be a good thing for his career.
“I think he should so he doesn’t have to chase balls,” Ortiz said. “With the hamstring problems he has -- but I don’t think he likes to only DH.”
When Ortiz suffered a wrist injury in 2008, Ramirez served as Boston’s designated hitter for 31 games and posted a .308 average with six homers and 20 RBIs.
“He was the DH for a few games and he didn’t like it,” Ortiz said. “He’ll get used to it. Now he’s a little older and I think he’s having problems with his hamstrings. That ballpark in Chicago, he always killed it there. I would sign him.”
Ramirez has a career .338 average with 15 homers and 50 RBIs in 59 games in Chicago.
Despite Ramirez’s age, Ortiz knows his friend can still play and help any club.
“He was born to hit,” Ortiz said.
The Red Sox host the White Sox next weekend at Fenway Park and then the two teams play the a four-game series at the end of September in Chicago. Ramirez returned to Fenway Park earlier this season with the Dodgers during interleague play.