Red Sox fans across the country are no doubt already making plans for October baseball as slimmed-down slugging first baseman Hanley Ramirez has arrived at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Is Hanley the biggest loser? We’ll have to see what his partner in the 2015 crime Pablo Sandoval looks like when he strolls into the Worst-to-First-to-Worst-to-Worst Red Sox camp, but it appears Ramirez has shed the extra bulk that GM Dave Dombrowski requested after Hanley’s disappointing first season back in Boston.

“If I stay on the field the whole season, 150-plus games, good things can happen,” Ramirez said according to the Boston Herald. “And the goal is to go to the playoffs first. That’s the first goal.”

And as far as Hanley taking over for David Ortiz when the Big DH hangs them up after this season, not so fast.

“What if I win a Gold Glove, what is going to happen next year?” Ramirez asked the assembled media. “It’€™s too far away. I don’€™t make those decisions. I have a boss.”

Pay no attention to the fact that the future Gold Glover was still using an old Mike Napoli first baseman’s mitt while he waits for his own to arrive at the park.

Ramirez — who signed a four-year, $88 million contract in Nov. 2014 — went home early last year (Aug. 26) after playing in only 105 games to start physical therapy on a bum right shoulder. Ramirez ended the 2015 campaign with a horrific .249 average and .717 OPS to go along with 19 homers, 10 of which were hit in April.

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report Thursday, Fenway South is nearly already full as Joe Kelly (new baby) is the only pitchers yet to report.

Position players are scheduled to report next Tuesday with the first official full-squad workout taking place next Wednesday but the early birds are in full swing as well as only Sandoval, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Chris Young have yet to stroll into JetBlue.

The 32-year-old Ramirez — now a former shortstop turned muscular outfielder turned trimmed down first baseman — said he’s confident he can handle the transition back to the infield.

“Yeah, I played short before … I feel more comfortable,” Ramirez told reporters after his workout. “I know that area in the infield. It’s different. I’m really happy to be back in the infield. It’s been a while since I’ve taken groundballs in a real game and I’m real excited about it.”

Here’s all the Hanley you can handle from Wednesday at The Fort:







Photo via Boston Herald’s Matt Stone on Twitter