After a dreadful last place finish in 2014, things are looking up in Boston as the Red Sox have bolstered their infield by agreeing to terms on contracts with sluggers Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.
28-year old third basemen Sandoval’s deal is reportedly estimated to be around $100-million over five seasons. Sandoval will definitely provide an offensive upgrade at a position that was very inconsistent for the Sox in 2014. The three-time World Series winner is coming off a year in which he hit 16 long balls and drove in 73 runs in 588 at bats.
The deal agreed to by Ramirez is said to be a four-year deal worth $88-million, which also includes a $22-million vesting option. The 30-year old shortstop has seen his career come full circle, as the contract will see him returning to the organization that originally signed him as an amateur free agent back in 2000. Ramirez was eventually traded to the Miami Marlins following the 2005 season in a deal for Josh Beckett. Providing Ramirez can stay healthy, the signing will give the Red Sox some much needed additional power in their lineup in 2015, though it is unclear what position he will play due to the fact that the shortstop position is currently being occupied by 22-year old Xander Bogaerts.
The two deals will officially be announced by the Red Sox pending physicals.