Ramirez is "being eyed in connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation" in MA, according to a tweet Friday from ABC News reporter Michele McPhee. The officer asked Ramirez if he knew that the man was coming with a gift from his mother, to which Ramirez replied he "was not aware". "And there has been some reports about a FaceTime phone call that was made between a man during a auto stop". And during that auto stop, the suspect claimed that one of the items found in the vehicle belonged to Hanley Ramirez and then FaceTimed [Ramirez] in front of police.
Ramirez's agent, Adam Katz, also denied having any prior knowledge of the investigation.
During an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, McPhee reported the authorities' interest in Ramirez stems from a contact of Ramirez being stopped by police with a "significant amount of drugs" in the auto.
Ramirez, who was released from his four-year $88million contract on June 1, remains a free agent.
May 5, 2018, Arlington, TX, USA: Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez singles during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
It was in the wee hours of the morning on May 25 when Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski informed Ramirez the team was designating him for assignment to make room on the roster for Dustin Pedroia. Ramirez, 34, was batting a respectable.254 at the time of his release earlier this month.
According to McPhee, a recent stop by police discovered "a significant amount of drugs" in the suspect's vehicle. She believes that the suspect has ties to a "substantial ring" based in Lawrence, Mass. that has been the target of a large, ongoing federal investigation.
"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.