Did Red Sox Just Sign Pablo Sandoval? No One Seems To Know
CBSSports.com is reporting that Pablo Sandoval has agreed to a five-year, $100 million deal with the Red Sox -- but Pablo's agent, who also happens to be his brother, is saying that no deal has been done.
Meanwhile, CBSSports and ESPN are both reporting that the Red Sox are close to signing Hanley Ramirez. This could be a big day in Boston.
ESPN is also jumping on the Pablo story, reporting the same thing. So far in both cases, the source is only listed as "someone close to the negotiations." I hate that guy.
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But here's the puzzler: according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants' offer to Pablo was five years, $95 million, with the possibility of jumping that to $100 mil. That's the same deal as the Red Sox, reportedly.
Both offers, in my opinion, would be way overpaying for the third baseman, who hit .279 with 16 homers this past season and whose biggest battles were not with left-handed pitchers but with his weight. Panda is a great playoff performer, but many forget he nearly missed making the team's playoff roster in 2010, and is prone to long bouts of batting inconsistency.
So no official word just yet. Stay tuned.
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