Hanley Ramirez is coming to the American League East, but it’s not to play for the New York Yankees.
According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Boston Red Sox are close to acquiring free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez will be in Boston today to finalize a five-year, $90 Million deal with the Yankees division rivals. But the Red Sox aren’t done spending yet: According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, they have also agreed to a five-year, and close to $100 Million deal with third basemen Pablo Sandoval. Both of those moves could possibly put Xander Bogaerts on the trade block.
So how does this affect the Yankees?
It’s quite simply actually: this move comes a week after the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Russell Martin to be their every day catcher, which means the teams around the Yankees are beginning to bolster their rosters in preparation of the 2015 season. Meanwhile, the only acquisitions that would help the Yankees roster on a Major League level would be Chris Young and Justin Wilson.
The Yankees are also in the market for a shortstop, but they didn’t have legitimate interest in Ramirez since he’s injury prone. There have been rumblings the Yankees were willing to reunite with Stephen Drew for the 2015 season despite his lackluster 2014 campaign.
The team is also in the market for a third basemen, but they’ve set their sights on Chase Headley. Now that Sandoval has settled a deal, Headley can set an asking price, once the Yankees would pay within reason.