The Red Sox trotted out their newest FA acquisition Tuesday afternoon, third baseman, Pablo Sandoval. The Kung Fu Panda then joined MFB to talk about his conversations with (former) Giant teammate, Jake Peavy, about playing Boston. He also stressed that this move was the next big challenge in his life, and addressed some concerns about his defense, stating that he is focused on being at the hot corner for the duration of his contract.

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[0:01:34] ... Dave Ortiz had dinner with them but a chance to talk to Jake Peavy. About would like in Boston yeah. Yeah yeah Alou or a bargain. At almost can't get back. After warts it is. A ...
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[0:05:15] ... move for Colombia and correct. Set some real good things there about Hanley Ramirez coming back from commercial break a lot of people have a different impression of Hanley that if things go bad sometimes he ...






Hanley Ramirez has been signed to play left field.

Yoenis Cespedes could be a consideration for center or right field in 2015. (Getty Images)

Yoenis Cespedes could be a consideration for center or right field in 2015. (Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez has been signed to play left field. So what does that mean for the Red Sox‘ season-ending left fielder?

In the case of Yoenis Cespedes, manager John Farrell said that the Sox have begun talking about the possibility of a move to another position. As news of the Sox’ signing of Ramirez circulated, Farrell said that the team reached out to Cespedes to explore that very possibility, and that the 29-year-old proved receptive to it.

“We had a chance to speak to him yesterday. To his credit, he’€™s just eager to do whatever is needed by this team,” said Farrell. “He’€™s showing that he’€™s a complete team player. And we’€™re excited to have his versatility be at our disposal at those other two spots, whether it’€™s center, right, we’€™ll determine that once we get to camp.”

Though Cespedes only played left field with the Red Sox, he has played at least some center in each of his three big league seasons, with roughly 20 percent of his career outfield innings spent in center. The Sox viewed him as a potential right fielder at the time of their acquisition of him based on his range and strong throwing arm. As of now, the team is hoping to look at Cespedes at both positions.

“He’€™s played center field more. and after being with him for roughly two months, we didn’€™t want to back him into any one particular position,” said Farrell. “We wanted to keep everything open to take advantage of his versatility and that’€™s going to be dependent on who else is on this team also. What’€™s the best team for us where we’€™ve got some versatility and flexibility with Yoenis.”

While the possibility of a trade sending Cespedes elsewhere is obvious given the Sox’ depth of outfield options (including Ramirez, Cespedes, Shane Victorino, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley Jr. and others), Farrell did note the intrigue of keeping both Cespedes and the player whom the Sox have acquired to follow him into left field.

“When you consider Hanley in left, Yoenis in either center or right, you begin to look at power bats in a number of different positions and this is a really deep lineup as we stand today,” said Farrell.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

It comes as little surprise to see Red Sox manager John Farrell beaming at the shape that his 2015 lineup is starting to take.

It comes as little surprise to see Red Sox manager John Farrell beaming at the shape that his 2015 lineup is starting to take. With Pablo Sandoval — a wrecking ball against right-handed pitchers — at third base and Hanley Ramirez (who hammers both lefties and righties) now slated to join the middle of the team’s lineup, the run-starved days of 2014 should prove far less frequent next season.

“We’€™ve made two very good additions, no doubt, particularly before [when] you’€™d sense the free agent market really coming into shape. [GM Ben Cherington] has done a great job of being able to add these two players before Thanksgiving,” said Farrell. “When you consider Hanley in left, Yoenis [Cespedes] in either center or right, you begin to look at power bats in a number of different positions and this is a really deep lineup as we stand today.”

Still, while the lineup (with that intriguing proposition of Cespedes at a different spot in the outfield) is now well-defined, Farrell acknowledged that the Sox’ offseason work is incomplete.

“What remains throughout the offseason is still an interesting proposition. … We’€™ve got a ways to go through this offseason,” said Farrell. “We’€™ve got complete trust in what Ben and his staff are doing. Clearly, there’€™s two prime pieces of evidence to suggest that. We’€™ve got work to be done, we’€™ve got additions to be made. So there’€™s going to be a number of things that are going to be interesting to follow here throughout the winter.”

Foremost among those will be the vacancy sign that hovers over 60 percent of the Red Sox rotation, with curiosity looming about whether the Red Sox might be able to bring Jon Lester back into the fold. Farrell acknowledged that the Sox are doing what they can to bring back the left-hander, though declined to handicap the likelihood of a return.

“Like everyone else in the free-agent market, that’€™s to be determined. He’€™s earned the right to get to this point in his career,” said Farrell. “I’€™m sure there’€™s a lot of teams that have a lot of interest in him and deservedly so. Confident that we’€™re making every attempt internally here and the hope would be to get him back here. We’€™ll get a better read on that in the coming weeks. … We’€™re probably a quarter or a third of the way through the offseason so there’€™s time and a lot of options still available to us and it will be interesting to see what ends up on our roster.”

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

In order to clear a roster spot for Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, the Red Sox announced that they had designated catcher/first bas

According to an industry source, here are the terms of Pablo Sandoval’s five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox that includes a team option for a sixth season:

Signing bonus: $3 million

2015: $17 million

2016: $17 million

2017: $18 million

2018: $18 million

Ryan Lavarnway

Ryan Lavarnway

In order to clear a roster spot for Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox announced that they had designated catcher/first baseman Ryan Lavarnway for assignment. Lavarnway, 27, a sixth-round draft pick out of Yale in 2008, split the 2014 season between Triple-A Pawtucket and the big leagues. He played nine games in the big leagues, going 0-for-10, and in 97 career big league games, he has a .201/.249/.315 line with five homers.

While that major league track record is modest, Lavarnway has a long track record in the minors of hitting for average and getting on base, with a career .283/.375/.479 line in the minors. That said, after he posted consistently strong power numbers from 2009-11 (an average of 25 homers a year in the minors), he hit just 15 homers over the last three years in the minors, resulting in his former status as one of the top prospects in the Sox system dimming to the point where he represented a depth option on the fringes of the 40-man roster. With no remaining minor league options and with a number of options in front of him at first base and catcher, he thus became a roster casualty to clear the way for Sandoval.

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Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

According to an industry source, here are the terms of Pablo Sandoval’s five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox that includes a team option for a sixth season:

Signing bonus: $3 million

2015: $17 million

2016: $17 million

2017: $18 million

2018: $18 million

2019: $18 million

2020: Team option – $17 million ($5 million buyout)

The bonus and buyout factor into the $95 million guarantee and give the deal a $19 million average annual value for the next five years for luxury tax purposes. If Sandoval is still playing at a high level at the end of the deal, then his option — which would come at a $12 million marginal cost (and as calculated for AAV purposes in 2020) could hold considerable appeal for Sandoval’s age 33 season.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez could help the Red Sox overhaul an offense that was terrible in 2014. (Getty Images)Eyebrows rose with news of the twin moves.