Red Sox just signed Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Now what?

  Editors Note:  Quick into to our new Sox writer Jared Carrabis.  Pretty sure that’s him on the jumbotron circa 2008.  I have no idea what he’s doing  in that picture or why he’s on the field wearing a shirt 3 sizes too big.  Anyway so much for easing into the pool.  We signed him [...]

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Editors Note:  Quick into to our new Sox writer Jared Carrabis.  Pretty sure that’s him on the jumbotron circa 2008.  I have no idea what he’s doing  in that picture or why he’s on the field wearing a shirt 3 sizes too big.  Anyway so much for easing into the pool.  We signed him up last week.   Sox sign everybody the last 24 hours.  Jared has been covering the Sox forever, is a great writer and a Stoolie.  We’re psyched to have him on board.

 

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While everyone was waiting for Pablo Sandoval to decide between San Diego, San Francisco and Boston, the Red Sox were busy crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s on a five-year, $90 million deal with Hanley Ramirez last night.

Not long after, rumors were spreading around Twitter that the Red Sox had finally received their decision from Sandoval. Early Monday morning, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that Sandoval had agreed to a five-year deal with the Red Sox, in the neighborhood of $95-100 million.

So if Ramirez was previously viewed as a fallback plan at third base, this obviously changes things. Where does Ramirez fit in defensively now that Sandoval is in the fold? WEEI.com’s Alex Speier speculates that if both Ramirez and Sandoval are Boston bound, Sandoval, the better defender, would get dibs at third base, while the Red Sox could try to hide Ramirez’s defense in left field. This has already raised a bunch of red flags among Red Sox fans, but how soon they forget that another not so defensively graceful Ramirez played left field at Fenway, and won two rings in the process. It can be done.

In addition to the Ramirez in left field idea, it’s a guarantee that he wouldn’t be the left fielder for the duration of the five-year deal. As much as it pains me to say, we are quickly approaching the first season since 2002 that the Red Sox will have to go to battle without David Ortiz in the lineup. Entering his age-39 season in 2015, it’s safe to say that Ortiz’s career will come to an end during the length of Ramirez’s five-year contract, making him an easy candidate to take the place of his fellow countryman.

The number one question that is going to come out of all of this free agent spending, is will the Red Sox have enough money to pay Jon Lester after all the money they have on the table for guys not named Jon Lester. The simple answer is yes. Yes, they can sign all three of them. However, with those three names coming in, there will have to be names going out in order for this to make sense payroll-wise. It’s worth noting that in Heyman’s report, he states that Boston is “prepared to offer him close to $130 million over six years”, which is a little closer to the figure that I think will get it done, but not quite. The Red Sox reportedly offered Lester a 6-year deal worth somewhere around $110-120 million some time last week.

I’m sure there will be some fans out there who say that spending all of this money lessens the Red Sox’ chances of signing Lester, but if anything, it puts even more pressure on general manager Ben Cherington to get it done. The Red Sox are notorious for being a very PR conscious organization; that much we know. With that in mind, they have to know that the backlash from fans will be even greater if they are unable to sign Lester, given that they have already spent so much money elsewhere, and it’s now the difference of about $10-20 million to wrap Lester up.

The first name on the list of players who would be on the move is Yoenis Cespedes. It was already rumored that the Red Sox could look to trade Cespedes this offseason before all of this happened, but given that he has no compensation tied to him if he should walk via free agency after 2015, and how he was “not sure“ if he wanted to sign an extension with Boston last September — AKA I wan’t to be a free agent, but please don’t boo me in the meantime for wanting to get paid. A Cespedes trade would kill three birds with one stone. First, you’re freeing up payroll. Second, you’re freeing up left field for Ramirez. And third, they could give a call to the Cincinnati Reds and dangle Cespedes for Mat Latos, or put together a package with Cespedes as the centerpiece for Johnny Cueto (wishful thinking).

The Ramirez signing has also raised the question of what becomes of Xander Bogaerts? Well, I still think the Red Sox see him as a shortstop long term, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t find himself as the subject of trade rumors to acquire starting pitching, even more so if the Red Sox lose out on Lester. While Ramirez isn’t known for his defensive ability at the shortstop position, he’s much less of a defensive liability at shortstop than in left field, especially given that the Red Sox already have six thousand outfielders.

As for what I think about the Ramirez signing overall; I think the Red Sox got a good deal. Let’s not forget, Ramirez was asking for 6 years, $130 million ($21.7M AAV) back in May. He may not be the Marlins version of himself, but an average annual value of $18 million for a guy who, according to FanGraphs, was worth an average of $21.85 million over the last two years; that’s a good deal. They didn’t sign him for his glove, and he’s going to benefit greatly from playing 81 home games at Fenway Park, barring his annual hamstring pull.

And as for the Sandoval signing, I’ll admit he wasn’t my first choice (Chase Headley), or my second choice (Josh Donaldson), but he’s here now and it’s not as bad as it could be (Will Middlebrooks). A lot is going to be made about how he can’t hit from the right side after posting a line of .199/.244/.319 against left-handed pitching last year, but his numbers for his career aren’t that bad, .270/.317/.391. He’s a contact hitter who goes the other way almost as much as he pulls the ball, so you can count on the Green Monster turning former fly ball outs into doubles. Or maybe long singles, because he’s fat. Regardless of his weight, he is an above average base runner, and ranked 10th out of 24 third basemen in baseball in UZR/150 last year.

All that being said, it’s an interesting start to what should be an exciting offseason for the Red Sox. But there’s still a lot of work yet to be done.

 

By carrabis posted November 24th, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Trent Dilfer – “Let’s Face It They’re Not Good Anymore”

    Listen I know that TV analysts and radio guys get paid to say stupid shit. I get that Felger and Mazz trash the Patriots whenever they lose and call Belichick arrogant to rile people up. That’s it’s an act to get listeners and create waves. But I honestly think Trent Dilfer was being [...]

 

 

Listen I know that TV analysts and radio guys get paid to say stupid shit. I get that Felger and Mazz trash the Patriots whenever they lose and call Belichick arrogant to rile people up. That’s it’s an act to get listeners and create waves. But I honestly think Trent Dilfer was being serious here. Like he really thought the Patriots weren’t good anymore. He really thought we were dead.   That somehow Belichick became stupid overnight? I just don’t get how anybody could be that dumb. It’s bananas. All I ask is that when people say really idiotic shit like this they own up to it. For example Chris Burke from Sports Illustrated has owned up to being a moron.

 

 

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Has Dilfer ever acknowledged how dumb he was? How his stupidity invalidates everything he says about the NFL?  Has he debated recusing himself from the rest of the season? Or does he pretend it never happened? (Sidenote I like Dilfer. Just need to hear him apologize for doubting the greatest coach of all time and promise that he’ll never make that mistake again) Same thing with Felger and Mazz. The thing about these guys that drives me nuts is the next time the Patriots lose a game or look bad they’ll be back to beating the same exact drum they always beat. That Belichick is too arrogant. That the Patriots don’t spend money. Brady is old blah, blah, blah. How many times does Belichick have to prove everybody wrong before they finally admit that as long as he’s on the sidelines they’ll always be great. Sure it may not make great radio or TV, but the truth and integrity matter.

 

UPDATE – I guess Dilfer said last week this was the dumbest thing he’s ever said in his life.  So he’s okay by me too.  Felger and Mazz your turn.

By elpresidente posted November 24th, 2014 at 9:30 AM

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By feitelberg posted November 24th, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Breaking News: The Sox Sign Pablo Sandoval

    Panda Tshirts Now On Sale       Y’all need to hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband cause the Sox are signing everybody out here. First Hanley and now Panda. I guess this means the end of the Boegarts era unless I’m missing something? Is he gonna move to [...]

 

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Y’all need to hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband cause the Sox are signing everybody out here. First Hanley and now Panda. I guess this means the end of the Boegarts era unless I’m missing something? Is he gonna move to the outfield? Whatever. I love this move even more than Ramirez. Why? Three words. Tee shirt time! Everything is coming up Pageviews!

Seriously though what about Boegarts?

PS – This was totally Sandoval on the plane to Boston last night.  Looks like we broke this story right in people’s faces.  Those 13 year olds who broke the Billy Butler signing can suck a dick.  They just got outmaneuvered and outmoguled.   Rule #1.  Hot Stove never sleeps.

 

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By elpresidente posted November 24th, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Breaking News: The Sox Just Signed Hanley Ramirez!?

      Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to us!   Worst to first to worst to first to worst to first!   PS – I’ve been sitting here ready to drop Panda shirts on everybody’s eyeball and Hanley comes out of the freaking clouds.  Well played Ben. Well played indeed.    

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Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to us!   Worst to first to worst to first to worst to first!

 

PS – I’ve been sitting here ready to drop Panda shirts on everybody’s eyeball and Hanley comes out of the freaking clouds.  Well played Ben. Well played indeed.

 

 

By elpresidente posted November 23rd, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Is It Too Early To Give the Oscar To This Extra Who Legit Died In Taylor Swift’s Performance at the AMA’s?

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By elpresidente posted November 23rd, 2014 at 8:22 PM

The Lions Dominic Raiola With One Of The Dirtiest Plays You’ll See All Year

    That has to warrant a suspension right? It just doesn’t get any lower than diving at a guys knees when you are kneeling the football and just trying to pack up your shit and get out of dodge. The only reason to pull that circus stunt is to injure somebody. Such a scumbag [...]

 

 

That has to warrant a suspension right? It just doesn’t get any lower than diving at a guys knees when you are kneeling the football and just trying to pack up your shit and get out of dodge. The only reason to pull that circus stunt is to injure somebody. Such a scumbag move. Just lick your wounds and go home.

By elpresidente posted November 23rd, 2014 at 6:25 PM

The Patriots Are The Perfect Football Team Right Now

  Remember when everybody was worried about the Pats schedule a couple weeks ago?  That was the rallying cry of all the idiots after the Pats bounced back from their 2 and 2 start.  How were we going to ever get homefield advantage with the teams we had to play? Denver, at Indy, Detroit etc. [...]

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Remember when everybody was worried about the Pats schedule a couple weeks ago?  That was the rallying cry of all the idiots after the Pats bounced back from their 2 and 2 start.  How were we going to ever get homefield advantage with the teams we had to play? Denver, at Indy, Detroit etc. All first place teams in their division. Well what happened? Murder, murder, murder. Just total destruction in every phase of the game. 60 minutes of domination followed by 60 minutes of domination followed by 60 minutes of domination. Games that were over the second they started and never in doubt. Just taking the best teams in the NFL, rolling them into a ball and throwing them in the trash without breaking a sweat.

That’s how good this Patriots team is right this second. Sure there is lots of football to go. If Gronk or Revis or Brady goes down everything changes in a heartbeat. But right at this second, right at this moment this is as good as any Patriots team has every been in the Belichick era. They aren’t just good. They are dominant. They can run the football, they can pass, they can protect, they can rush the passer, cover receivers etc. They can do it all. We can win in a shootout or beat you in a phone booth. It honestly doesn’t matter. The Pats are in a class by themselves right now. We’re the best team in the league by a country mile and the scary part is getting better every week. Pray for the rest of the NFL indeed.

We’re onto Green Bay

By elpresidente posted November 23rd, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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