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Monday, 24 November 2014 14:04

Boston Red Sox Reportedly Sign Pablo Sandoval to Five-Year Deal

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Christmas may have started a month early for Boston Red Sox fans.

As already reported by CLNS Radio, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly close to signing free agent Hanley Ramirez to a five-year deal worth around $90 million.  But he may not be the only infielder that will be headed to Boston, with potentially both contracts coming together quickly on Monday afternoon.

Soon after the Ramirez news, rumors started that another offseason target of the Red Sox, Pablo Sandoval, had also agreed to a five-year contract with the 2013 World Series champions.  The deal was rumored to be for around $100 million, with varying sources putting it in the $98 million to $102 million range.

Sandoval (aka the Kung Fu Panda) and Ramirez would be two solid additions to the Red Sox, with Sandoval solving the big problem at third base.  Where Ramirez, who was traded by Boston nine years ago to the Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell, would play seems to indicate there are many more moves to come for GM Ben Cherington this offseason.

Ramirez could play shortstop, but his defensive skills at that position have eroded over time.  Plus the Red Sox already have Xander Bogaerts at short, and while the Sox prospect had a horrendous start to the 2014 season, he showed during the last month of the season why the team thought he was the shortstop of the future. 

Ramirez could also move to the outfield, but he has only played that position in spring training.  Plus the Red Sox also have an overflow of outfielders without Ramirez, especially with the late-season additions of Yoenis Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, and Allen Craig.  Mookie Betts, Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino, Brock Holt, and Jackie Bradley all saw time in the outfield earlier in the season, and are all under contract with the Sox next year along with their new additions.

With the Sox wheeling and dealing early in the offseason, another big move could be on the horizon very soon.  There have been rumors for the last few weeks that Cole Hamels is going to be moved from Philadelphia, and the Phillies have been scouting some of Boston's top prospects to research a potential trade.  There are other potential trade targets at starting pitcher, and there is still the potential for the club to spend a large amount of money of top free agent starters Jon Lester and/or James Shields.

With the two reported signings on Monday, the writing seems to be on the wall for players like Bogaerts, Cespedes, and others that their time in Boston may be coming to an abrupt end.

And if late Sunday/early Monday is any indication of how this offseason is going to work, Sox fans may not want to go to bed early for the next couple of months.  When they wake up, their team could look totally different than the night before.

Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.