Late last week, it became pretty clear that the Boston Red Sox were going to sign Pablo Sandoval. While nothing had been finalized, there were multiple reports that Sandoval was headed to Boston. Yesterday, another rumor surfaced that involved former Red Sox shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Well, here we are on Monday and both Ramirez and Sandoval are headed to the Red Sox.
Sandoval is a career .294 hitter with average to below average power. However, he is a postseason monster, and everybody remembers what they have seen most recently: a World Series title in which Sandoval was impossible to get out. Sandoval's contract is reportedly a five year deal worth around $100 million. He will most likely play third base.
Ramirez's position is unknown. He is a natural shortstop, but the Red Sox have 22 year old Xander Bogaerts at short. It would not be the right to move the future of the franchise for an aging shortstop with decreasing defensive skills. Ramirez is most likely to play left field, which would most likely mean a Yoenis Cespedes trade. There is also the possibility that we see Ramirez get some time at first base, with Mike Napoli in the final year of his deal and Ramirez just inking a five year deal. His deal is reported to be around $90 million; however, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that multiple sources are saying that these figures are "not accurate."
These moves tell us one thing for sure; the Red Sox are not done making major moves. They cannot be. They have a plethora of outfielders on the current roster and need to move some of them, likely for some starting pitching. They could still sign Jon Lester; however, if they do not want to increase their offer (six years, $110-120 million), and I do not think they should increase it, Lester will probably be with another club in 2015, and possibly reunited with Theo Epstein. (Has anybody noticed how quiet the New York Yankees have been regarding Jon Lester? Scary silent.)
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