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Boston Red Sox Sign Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez

November 24th, 2014 at 12:25 PM
By Sean Penney

It's been a busy weekend for the Boston Red Sox, who are finalizing deals with the two top hitters on this year's free agent market – Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

The team reached an agreement with Sandoval that is believed to be for 5 years and close to $100 million, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The Red Sox interest in the free agent third baseman has been well advertised, with earlier reports indicating they sent him an offer for a 5-year, $95 million deal. The San Diego Padres were said to be offering a bit more, but Sandoval was still leaning towards Boston. The Red Sox may have made his decision easier by increasing their offer. Dan Roche from WBZ TV tweeted that sources have informed him the deal is still for 5-years, $95 million, but a 1-year club option has been added.

Sandoval spent the first 7 years of his career with the San Francisco Giants, winning three World Series titles with the franchise. The 28-year old is a career .294/.346/.465 hitter with modest power. He has an outstanding track record in the playoffs, with a .344 career postseason average and he set a record this year for the most hits in a single postseason with 26. The Giants remained in the race to retain Sandoval after he rejected their 1-year qualifying offer for $15.3 million, but weren't able to outbid Boston.

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Boston Red Sox Making a Push for Hanley Ramirez

November 23rd, 2014 at 7:14 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox have been as active as any team in free agent discussions this off-season and can now add another target to their list. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Boston is making a push for free agent Hanley Ramirez.

The news comes as a surprise considering the Red Sox are considered the favorite to land third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Heyman's report indicates the Red Sox are strongly pursuing both infielders. Sandoval is expected to make a decision later this week, while a deal for Ramirez could come together quickly. While Ramirez would be a good back up plan in case the team strikes out in negotiations with Sandoval, signing both players would be a curious move.

While Ramirez has primarily played shortstop in his career, he's a poor defensive player (-9 Defensive Runs Saved this year) with range that will only further decline as the 31-year old ages. Most people around the league think he's better suited at third base at this point in his career, but if Boston also signs Sandoval to play the hot corner, there's no room there for Ramirez.

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Toronto Blue Jays May Be Out of the Race for Pablo Sandoval

November 22nd, 2014 at 4:06 PM
By Sean Penney

The competition for free agent Pablo Sandoval may have gotten a bit easier now that the Toronto Blue Jays have apparently bowed out of the race. While the team had some initial interest in pursuing the switch-hitting third baseman, Sportsnet.ca reports that there has been no contact between the Blue Jays and Sandoval's agent.

With one less team to worry about bidding against, the Boston Red Sox can feel slightly more secure about their chances of landing one of their top free agent targets. Boston has reportedly already submitted a 5-year, $95 million that sources say currently has them in the lead to sign Sandoval. The Red Sox have not publicly confirmed the report yet and Sandoval's camp remains silent on the issue, but several sources have leaked the news about Boston's offer. However, until Sandoval signs his name on the dotted line, there are no guarantees about where he'll end up.

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Boston Red Sox Submit an Offer to Free Agent Pablo Sandoval

November 21st, 2014 at 10:27 PM
By Sean Penney

Pablo Sandoval may make a decision soon on where he'll be playing next season, and the Boston Red Sox coule be the favorites in the race to sign the free agent third baseman.

A major league source indicated that the Red Sox' 5-year, $95 million offer may be more than the offers Sandoval has received from the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres, according to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.

Sandoval was in Boston to meet with the Red Sox earlier this week and was apparently impressed with the respect the team showed him. Sandoval left Boston after Tuesday's meeting without receiving an offer, but the Red Sox submitted one to him before the end of the week.

The switch-hitter would help balance the Red Sox lineup, not to mention the fact that his bat would be a big upgrade over what Boston currently has at the position. He's also playoff tested, with a career .344 postseason average and three World Series rings with the Giants.

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Boston Red Sox Showed “First Class” Attentiveness to Pablo Sandoval

November 21st, 2014 at 2:57 PM
By Sean Penney

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Luckily, it seems that the Boston Red Sox made a good one with Pablo Sandoval. The free agent third baseman was in Boston this week to meet with the Red Sox, who are one of several teams interested in the 28-year old. While the team hasn't been able to strike a deal yet, it sounds like the meeting went very well, based on the response from Sandoval's agent, Gustavo Vasquez.

"The attentiveness they've had for us in Boston has been first class," Vasquez told the Venezuelan radio show Los Cronistas, according to USA Today.

Sandoval's brother Michael told 7News anchor Joe Amorosino that they are looking for "respect" on the free agent market and to "see who can really appreciate Pablo and his work." Sandoval certainly seemed excited to be in Boston, and his visit stirred quite a bit of hulabaloo in the city.

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