Red Sox Sign Hanley Ramirez & Pablo Sandoval

PABLO SANDOVAL

Earlier today, the Red Sox signed two All-Star infielders: Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

Hanley Ramirez’s deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal, who also reported the terms of Ramirez’s deal. Ramirez is a former Red Sox prospect who was eventually traded to the Florida Marlins in 2005 for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. Ramirez, normally a shortstop who also has limited experience at third base, has been emphatic about his willingness to “play anywhere” on the diamond. With top prospect Xander Bogaerts in line to play shortstop for Boston, it looks as though Hanley may be making a move to the outfield. However, if Han-Ram ends up staying at shortstop, Bogaerts could be on the way out.

Pablo Sandoval, AKA Kung Fu Panda, is coming off a record setting posteason with the San Francisco Giants, which culminated in a World Series victory. After Will Middlebrooks struggled mightily at third base this past season, change was imminent. And with one of the premier third basemen in the league, Pablo Sandoval, available as a free agent, all signs pointed to him moving to Boston.

This deadly duo adds to an already powerful Red Sox lineup that can only get better as the offseason continues.

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