Ex-MLB all-star being "eyed" in federal drug trafficking investigation

Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez bats during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York Thursday

Hanley Ramirez and Red Sox Deny Knowing About Any Federal Drug Investigation Into Ramirez

ABC News investigative reporter Michele McPhee tweeted on Friday that Ramirez, who was designated for assignment by the team last month, is "being eyed in connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation".

Former Red Sox Hanley Ramirez could be in some serious trouble.

In hopes of stopping the search, the report says, the driver called Ramirez on FaceTime and handed the phone to the trooper.

"There is a sweeping federal case involving a substantial ring that's being operated out of Lawrence, Massachusetts", McPhee continued. The suspect told the officers that "one of the items found in his vehicle belonged to Hanley Ramirez". When he was pulled over with the drugs in his auto, the man told the cops "that he was traveling to Boston to see a friend who is a professional baseball player".

"Obviously, I know absolutely nothing about sports or Hanley Ramirez's stats, but what I do know is crime", McPhee said.

The Red Sox released Ramirez on June 1 after he posted a.254/.313/.395 slash line in 44 games this season.

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The Red Sox designated Ramirez for assignment May 25.

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Ramirez' agent is also denying any knowledge of being under investigation.

The Red Sox, who McPhee claimed may have dropped him from their roster because of this investigation said they were unaware of any investigation until reporters contacted them, and that Hanley's release was because of his playing.

Neither the Red Sox nor Major League Baseball's office had comment on the report according to NBC Sports Boston's Evan Drellich, though a Red Sox spokesman noted they were not made aware of the report until a reporter reached out.

"The organization didn't know about this", said Red Sox Manager Alex Cora after the team's 14-10 win Friday over the Miami Marlins.

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