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Reaction to Ramirez and Sandoval signing with the Red Sox

Late Sunday night, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Boston Red Sox agreed to a four-year, $88 million contract with ex-Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez. If you thought that deal was ridiculous, on Monday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Red Sox and free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval have a five-year, $102 million contract in place.

The signing have yet to be confirmed by the Red Sox as they usually like to wait until after players complete their physical to announce their signings. While some Red Sox fans are thrilled by the signings of Ramirez and Sandoval, I am not one of them.

If Boston is planning for Ramirez to play shortstop, the deal doesn’t make any sense considering they already have a 22-year-old playing that position. While Xander Bogaerts didn’t have a good rookie season, it would be foolish to give up on him now.

Bogaerts is still growing as a player and could turn out to be an exceptional shortstop. Ramirez is a much better hitter right now, but can he stay healthy for an entire season?

During his stay in Los Angeles, Ramirez suffered a number of injuries including a rib fracture, torn thumb ligament, sprains and contusions from getting hit by pitches. The injuries should worry the Red Sox considering Ramirez will be 31-year-old at the start of next season. Then there is Ramirez’s attitude issues, which have been consistent in his stops in Miami and Los Angeles.

Yes the Red Sox want to win now, but Bogaerts was considered a future star in the organization after the 2013 World Series. Is one full season really enough of a sample size to evaluate if he can be a future All-Star?

You have to admit, Ramirez is very good hitter capable of playing third base. But if Boston decided to sign Ramirez, why would the team sign Sandoval as well?

Sandoval is a good player that had a superb postseason, but can he be a difference maker for the Red Sox? If evaluate him on his regular season numbers, the answer would be no.

For the San Francisco Giants last season, Sandoval hit .279 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs. He is a good left-handed hitter, but a $100 million player needs to be a different maker not only in the postseason, but during the regular season as well.

Not only is Sandoval’s weight (5’11 245 pounds) is concern, so is his decreasing OPS and slugging percentage. Ever since he was an NL All-Star in 2011, Sandoval’s OPS and slugging has declined in each season.

Sandoval’s WAR has hovered around 2.3 to 3 wins for each of the last three seasons. In 2011, he had a WAR of 5.5.

Those numbers don’t equal a $100 million dollar player. The deal to sign Sandoval has bust written all over it. While he can be a solid player in Boston, I don’t believe Sandoval will be the superstar that Red Sox fans will expect him to be.

The biggest need for the Red Sox coming into the 2014 offseason was clearly pitching. While the team did need to address their offense as well, I feel like the Red Sox might have overreached for both Ramirez and Sandoval.

If you remember during the 2010 offseason, the Red Sox overpaid for Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and John Lackey. The Boston Herald labeled them as the “The Best Red Sox Team Ever.”Not only did the Red Sox not win the World Series in 2011, they failed to make the playoffs.

The Sox have a good young foundation in place with players like Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo. I would hate to see the team give up on their young guys just to win a division title in 2015. There are no shortcuts to winning a title, just ask LeBron James.

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