Sluggers Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez have both agreed to sign with the Boston Red Sox, CBSSports.com reports.
Jon Heyman confirmed the Red Sox signed the three-time World Series champion Sandoval for five years and around $100 million.
Sandoval has a .294 career batting average in his seven years with the San Francisco Giants, and won three championship rings with the team.
To add to their offseason signings, the Red Sox have also reportedly agreed to a contact with three-time all-star Hanley Ramirez. According to Ken Rosenthal, the deal with Ramirez is for five years and $90 million. He is currently flying to Boston to finalize some of the contract’s details.
Ramirez has a .300 career batting average. He was originally signed by the Red Sox in 2000, but was then traded to the then Florida Marlins in 2005. Ramirez then was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers midway through the 2012 season.
Ramirez, a shortstop by trade, said he is willing to play other positions including left field for the Red Sox. The Red Sox will most likely keep 22 year-old Xander Bogaerts at shortstop.
The signings come after a season that saw the Red Sox finish in last place of the American League East and 20 games under .500. Interestingly enough, the Red Sox finished 24 games under .500 and in last place in 2012, then went from last to first in 2013, winning the World Series.
Can the Red Sox go from last to first once again? Well, they are certainly spending the money to do so. According to reports, they aren’t done just yet; they are also looking to sign their former ace, Jon Lester. Boston is reportedly believed to be ready to offer the lefty a six year, $130 million contract.