Apparently, the Boston Red Sox like how the hot corner is handled in the National League West. That has led them to be rumored to be targeting Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez as potential free agent signings this offseason. Some reports even have them looking at Chase Headley, who was a member of the San Diego Padres before being traded to the New York Yankees during the second half of last season. Sandoval helped increase his worth by turning in yet another phenomenal World Series performance for the San Francisco Giants, while Ramirez is likely to switch positions to help increase his value, and does not appear likely to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers. No word as of now as to whether or not the Sox are looking at anyone from the Arizona Diamondbacks so that they can cap-off the grand slam of N.L. West third baseman.
The Red Sox have reportedly long coveted Sandoval, but were always unable to pull off a deal with the Giants. Now, as Sandoval hits the free agent open market for the first time, Boston is expected to make a strong play. The “Panda” is reportedly seeking a six-year deal upward of $100 million.
Ramirez was once a top Red Sox prospect who was dealt away in the trade that brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell from the Florida (Miami) Marlins. If he truly is willing to switch positions from shortstop to either third base or left field, he could become a great fit for the Red Sox going forward.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that both could be a solid option for a team that has gone from worst-first-worst over the past three seasons, with a World Series championship in between two terrible seasons.
“Ramirez’s flexibility to play positions besides shortstop should increase his market to include many more teams, who could envision him at third base, left field or elsewhere, perhaps even his old Red Sox team, which could use help at third base, at the very least,” writes Heyman. “Boston is one of the teams that have been in contact with Ramirez, though Boston is looking at Pablo Sandoval and others, as well.”
After missing the playoffs and turning in a forgettable year, expect the Red Sox to be big spenders this offseason. While they may not go after Max Scherzer or Nelson Cruz, Boston could certainly entertain the possibility of bringing in Sandoval or Ramirez or James Shields, or even bringing back Victor Martinez.