Pablo Sandoval is reportedly about to sign with the Boston Red Sox, per multiple folks. That deal is reportedly for five years and close to $100 million.
This is on the heels of the BoSox grabbing free agent infield Hanley Ramirez. Speculation was that Ramirez would become a third baseman, but with Sandoval now in the fold, either Boston will have to deal first baseman Mike Napoli to open up third base for Sandoval, or Ramirez will have to move to the outfield.
By grabbing the top two bats on the free agent market, Boston is now in a position to deal either young, controllable outfielders, or veterans whose deals are almost up, in order to add starting pitching. Boston had supposedly made a play to bring Jon Lester back, but these moves suggest a Lester to Boston reunion likely isn't happening.
The Red Sox have Shane Victorino, Allen Craig, Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr., Yoenis Cespedes and Mookie Betts, among outfielders they could shop, as well as infielder Will Middlebrooks.