The Boston Red Sox finalized the signing of former San Francisco Giants 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval on Tuesday morning. The deal, a 5 year, $95 million contract with a $17 million team option to keep Sandoval in a Red Sox uniform for a 6th season.
Another big name free agent acquisition the Red Sox finalized on Tuesday is the signing of Hanley Ramirez.
Both Ramirez and Sandoval are joining a Red Sox team that found themselves at the bottom of the American League Eastern Division, just one short year after winning the World Series. Ramirez and Sandoval will also be joining big time slugger, David Ortiz, forming a trio that is already being called the Three Amigos.
While the Red Sox are waiting to formally announce the signing of Ramirez until he passes a physical, the signing of Sandoval is a massive signing for a Red Sox team that is looking to regain their championship caliber play from just a year before. Sandoval is not only a big bat to add to their lineup, but he plays great defense on the hot corner.
Sandoval has been a key part all 3 Giants World Series championships in the past 4 years, even winning the World Series MVP in 2012, and has emerged as one of the most consistent playoff performers in the history of Major League Baseball. Among players with at least 150 postseason plate appearances, Sandoval is at the top of them all with a batting average of .344. Sandoval also has an impressive batting average in 50 plate appearances in the World Series, hitting for a .426 average.
The 3rd baseman who became loving known as “Kung-Fu Panda” over his years in San Francisco is also no slouch in the regular season. In his career he has hit for a .294 average, and last season knocked 16 balls out of the park, and drove in 73 RBIs.
While Sandoval is a big time acquisition for the upcoming season, he may also be a long term fix for the inevitability of David Ortiz’ retirement, as some are pegging him as a future DH.
The future aside, between the acquisitions of Sandoval and Ramirez, the Red Sox lineup will certainly be a formidable one.