Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval

Whether you support the Red Sox recent signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, or not, they are on the team now. (I was originally against the Pablo Sandoval signing rumors.)

So what will these two huge signings bring to the Red Sox over the next several seasons? Sandoval is 28 and Ramirez is 30 years old, they aren’t spring chickens anymore, but they aren’t anywhere near 40 either. To help inform how these two players will help the Sox over the next few years, I’ve looked at each player’s stats from 2011 to 2014.

Pablo Sandoval: 

  • Has averaged 130.75 games played per season over last four years
  • 157 games played in 2014
  • His four year batting average is a .288
  • Averaged 16.25 home runs per season, hit 16 out of the park in 2014
  • OBP is .341 over last four years, but 2014 was the lowest at .324
  • OPS is .798 over last four years, but is trending in the wrong direction

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Jon Lester

Multiple sources are reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers may make a last minute bid for Jon Lester. This would leave the other teams bidding for Lester, namely the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and the Boston Red Sox in trouble.

The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Lester would make a lethal number three in their rotation. He also would provide some rotation security for the Dodgers in years to come with Greinke’s contract complete with an opt-out clause after the 2015 season to the tune of $147 million.

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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.

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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-SandovalRUMORS and Rants

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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