The Red Sox were able to lure in two mega free agents for the 2014-2015 season: Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. The team hopes the additions will mean more wins and a trip to the postseason after their disappointing performance last year.
Ramirez, who will be 31 on December 23rd, agreed to a four year, $88 million deal with a fifth year option for an extra $22 million. Ramirez, a former Los Angeles Dodger, was originally signed with the Boston Red Sox in July 2000 as an international free agent but was traded in the deal where the Sox got Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, and Guillermo Mota. For most of his 10-year career, Ramirez has played shortstop but has told the Sox he’d be willing to change positions.
Pablo Sandoval signed with the Red Sox for a five year, $95 million deal with a $17 million option for a sixth year. In 2012, Sandoval was the World Series MVP and helped the San Francisco Giants win three championships. Also in 2012, he earned the nickname “Kung Fu Panda” and became a fan favorite.
The Red Sox unfortunately failed to grab Jon Lester, who signed with the Chicago Cubs, but just recently got some good trades for a couple of pitchers that will surely help this upcoming season. Just last night, the Sox acquired left-handed pitcher Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and a minor leaguer. Also, the Sox were able to trade Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher Rick Porcello.