Hanley Ramirez chooses free agency after stint with Indians

Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field during the Indians Home Opener on April 1, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND— Slugger Hanley Ramirez is again a free agent following a short stint with the Indians.

Ramirez cleared waivers on Tuesday and rather than signing a minor league deal with Cleveland, the 35-year-old elected free agency. He played in 15 games for the Indians, batting .239 with two homers and eight RBIs.

The Indians signed him in February to help offset the loss of power in their lineup. However, when All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor was activated from the injured list on Saturday, the club designated Ramirez for assignment.

Manager Terry Francona plans to use Lindor occasionally as his DH, which made Ramirez expendable because the Indians also are keeping an extra infielder on their roster.

Ramirez played in 44 games before he was released by the Boston Red Sox last season. He had his best season in 2016, hitting 30 homers with 111 RBIs. Ramirez spent three-plus seasons with Boston.

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