CBS Sports' Jon Heyman confirms that the Red Sox have signed free agent Pablo Sandoval to a five-year contract worth "close to" $100 million.
Jake Wesley (unaffiliated with a news agency) was the first to report that a deal had been struck Sunday night on Twitter. The Red Sox have also reached agreement with Hanley Ramirez in a bold, surprising burst of early-winter spending. Sandoval is presumably going to play third base. It's not clear where Ramirez, who rates very poorly at shortstop by all defensive metrics, is going to get most of his playing time. Perhaps left field? Boston suddenly has a revamped and very dangerous offense for the 2015 season and beyond. It should be noted that Sandoval's agent is saying no deal has been finalized.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are finalizing an agreement with free agent Hanley Ramirez.
An official announcement will likely come by Monday afternoon. Rosenthal says it'll be a five-year pact worth close to $90 million -- a decent-looking deal for Boston given Hanley's offensive upside. The Red Sox are still thought to be chasing free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, so it's not clear yet what position Ramirez will play. If Hanley can stay healthy, he should have tremendous fantasy value in the power-friendly ballparks of the American League East.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Blue Jays have shown interest in acquiring John Jaso from the Athletics.
The A's are currently fielding calls on some of their left-handed bats, and have a logjam behind the plate and at designated hitter which are the two spots Jaso could be utilized. The Jays see him as a potential backup to Russell Martin. The A's have reportedly inquired about Sean Nolin who could be included in any potential deal.
C.J. Nitkowski of FOX Sports 1 confirms that the Rangers, not the Twins, won the bidding for Korean southpaw Hyeon-jong Yang.
The winning bid is believed to be in the range of $1.5 million, and according to Nitkowski the KIA Tigers may opt to keep Yang as the fee was much lower than they anticipated. Expect clarification and a resolution of this situation in the coming days.
Recent reports by MK Sports out of Korea indicate that the Rangers, not the Twins as previously reported, won the bidding for left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang.
The Twins reportedly had a bid of $1.5 million, but it's unclear at the moment what the Rangers bid was, or if it is indeed the winner. Once it's announced, the winning team will have an exclusive 30 day window to negotiate a contract with Yang, should the KIA Tigers choose to accept the winning bid.