Just over a week after shockingly designating first baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez for assignment, the Boston Red Sox officially released the veteran slugger Friday afternoon

By DFAing Ramirez on May 25th, the Sox did have the opportunity to seek a trade with the other 29 MLB organizations within a seven-day window.

Once it became apparent that a pairing would not be found and the 34-year-old would clear waivers, Boston requested release forms earlier this week.

The release officially makes Ramirez a free agent, with the ability to sign with any major league team.