Pablo Sandoval, left, signed for five years and a reported $95 million.
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) -
The Boston Red Sox signed star free agents Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to multi-year contracts Tuesday, announcing the deals separately in the span of about 5 1/2 hours.
Ramirez returns to the team that originally signed him as a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic in 2000, inking a four-year deal reportedly worth $88 million.
Sandoval, less than four weeks after winning a third World Series title with the San Francisco Giants, signed for five years and a reported $95 million.
Red Sox coming in hot
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Major League Baseball's Hot Stove needed a little something to get it going.
Enter the Boston Red Sox.
Boston kick started the offseason into high gear, agreeing to deals with both third baseman Pablo Sandoval and shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
We knew the Red Sox were in on both of them, but it was hard to imagine that they would sign both. The smart money was on Sandoval, considering the Red Sox seemingly jumped on him the minute he became a free agent, but when news broke late Sunday that they were nearing a 4-year deal worth close to $90 million with Ramirez most figured they were then out on Sandoval, or at the very least that the Panda had chosen to stay in San Francisco.