Could Yoenis Cespedes play alongside Rusney Castillo in either center or right field and help anchor a  dreamy lineup? Or will he be part of another blockbuster trade? (Boston Globe)

When reports emerged that the Boston Red Sox were honing in on an agreement with Hanley Ramirez, thus began the speculation surrounding the all but imminent departure of incumbent left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Between coaches hating him, attitude problems, a free-swinging approach, and just one year remaining on his current contract, Cespedes seemed doomed to be shipped out in a trade for starting pitching.

Not so fast, it seems.

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You know who's not excited about the addition of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez? Ryan Lavarnway, and the never-to-wear-a-Red-Sox-uniform Juan Francisco. (Boston Herald)

You would think David Ortiz spoke for all of us when he welcomed Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to Red Sox Nation.

But there are a couple of former members who might not be as excited as the rest of us about the signings of Sandoval and Ramirez, because it signaled the end of their time in Boston — for one of them, before it even started, really.

So long, Ryan Lavarnway. It was good(ish) while it lasted. Farewell, Juan Francisco. We hardly knew ya.

Continue reading Casualties of New Red Sox Royalty: Honoring Lavarnway, Francisco DFAs for Panda, Hanley Signings »

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David Ortiz will gladly welcome his two newest teammates to Boston, as will the rest of Red Sox Nation. (@davidortiz)

Red Sox Nation is pretty excited, and for good reason: the top two offensive players on the free agent market are both coming to Boston.

Pablo Sandoval’s agent confirmed yesterday that he was spurning the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants to come to the last place Boston Red Sox (I’m not sure I quite get that logic either, but who am I to argue?), and he was officially introduced today having signed a five year, $95 million deal with a team option for a sixth year. Just hours earlier, ex-Red Sox prospect Hanley Ramirez was reported to be heading back to Boston to sign with his former team for four years, $88 million (with a vesting fifth year option).

Alas, only one of the two can play third base, but I guess the Red Sox will just figure that out later. Now is the time to be excited about the endless possibilities that comes with winning (for now) the meaningless offseason arms race. The most excited member of all in Red Sox Nation, though?

Big Papi.

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Pablo Sandoval will make his final decision today regarding a contract with the Boston Red Sox worth approximately $100 million, according to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier. Speier reported this on Twitter after speaking with Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vazquez.

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The Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez are believed to be “moving toward an agreement,” to possibly be inked on Monday in the $90 million range over five years, reports CBSSports.com Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Heyman broke the news Sunday morning noting the deal would “come together quickly.”

The Sox are poised to make some major free agent deals with Hanley and Pablo Sandoval. The Red Sox tendered a $95 million offer to Sandoval last week. Sandoval and his agent have not accepted the deal. Continue reading Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez Moving Toward $90 Million Deal »

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According to a report in the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox have made a five year, $95 million offer to free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Is that going to be enough to sign the Kung Fu Panda away from his former team, the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants?

Per Sandoval’s brother and agent, Michael, we’ll know the answer to that question by no later than next week. (Which makes sense, as I can’t imagine Sandoval letting anything get in the way of enjoying his Thanksgiving feast. And yes, I’m aware he’s Venezuelan.)

In addition to the Giants, the Red Sox are also, surprisingly, trying to fend off a late charge by the San Diego Padres, who are looking to keep Sandoval in the NL West.

Continue reading Pablo Sandoval to Decide Next Week on Red Sox’ 5 Year, $95M Offer »

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Red Sox Make Jon Lester An Offer

November 19, 2014 at 8:35pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox
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The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made Jon Lester an offer according to an inside source, reports ESPN’s Gordon Edes. The source stated that Lester plans on taking his time to make a decision about the undisclosed offer made by Ben Cherington and other Red Sox management.

Before the 2014 season began, the Red Sox talked about a 4-year $70 million offer. Lester did not accept it and went into the season without further negotiations. Then at the trade deadline on July 31st Lester was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. Lester threw the Athletics into the postseason wildcard game against the Kansas City Royals with a regular season 2.35 ERA with Oakland. Continue reading Red Sox Make Jon Lester An Offer »

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