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Pablo Sandoval Signs $100M Contract with the Red Sox [UPDATE: Boston Signs Hanley Ramirez to $88M Contract]

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports Pablo Sandoval has an agreement to join the Boston Red Sox for five years for close to $100 million. ESPN sources confirmed the report.

However, Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez, told Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Alex Speier of that a deal has not been completed.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle and Andrew Baggarly of later reported financial details of the Giants’ offer to Sandoval:

Sandoval reportedly chose the Red Sox’s offer over those from the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. All three offers were believed to be for five years and at least $90 million.

Sandoval, 28, hit .279 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs last season. He has hit .294 with 106 homers and 462 RBIs in seven big league seasons, all with the Giants.

He has starred in the postseason, hitting .344 with six homers and 20 RBIs in 39 games, helping the Giants win three championships in five seasons. In Game 1 of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, he became the first player in baseball history to homer in his first three at-bats in a World Series game. He went on to win the World Series MVP award.

Sandoval, who reportedly rejected a three-year, $40 million contract extension offer from the Giants in March, was paid $8.25 million in 2014.

UPDATE: Fenway Park ought to consider temporarily changing its named to Flavortown, USA for the next week or so after the Red Sox braintrust made a pair of bold moves to bolster the Boston lineup following a last-place finish in 2014. Hanley Ramirez, who began his career with the Red Sox, is reportedly back for four years, $88 million.

Ramirez, who will turn 31 on Dec. 23, has primarily played shortstop throughout his 10-year career but has also told teams he would be willing to change positions.

The all-star shortstop rejected the Los Angeles Dodgers’ $15.3 million qualifying offer earlier this month to become a free agent. Ramirez won the 2009 batting title and led the NL with a 1.040 OPS in 2013 (among hitters with at least 300 plate appearances).


Giancarlo Stanton Celebrated His Third-of-a-Billion Dollar Contract With a Giant Bottle of Champagne at a Miami Nightclub


Giancarlo Stanton is the richest man in baseball after signing a 13-year, $325 million dollar contract with the Miami Marlins this week. To celebrate his impeding THIRD of a BILLION dollars, Stanton went out to Miami nightclub FDR at Delano, to party with Miami club-goers. The blonde with the short hair is Julz Goddard who is a professional “DIRECTOR OF VIBES.” Stanton looks like the vibes are good, but that could just be the giant bottles of champagne talking. WorldRedeye has more pictures if you’re interested.



Jason Heyward-Shelby Miller Trade Highlights Busy Baseball Monday

DEAL No. 1: Braves trade Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the Cardinals for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.

The Atlanta Braves dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor leaguer.

The deal ends Heyward’s tenure with his hometown team and lands a young pitcher to bolster Atlanta’s rotation.

Although Heyward’s raw counting numbers, don’t blow you away, his career slash of .262/.351/.429 is solid. He’s been a positive WAR player, averaging 4.9 in his five seasons thanks in no small part to his defense in the outfield. Long story short, Heyward is among the most difficult players to accurately judge in the sport.

Heyward is a free agent following the 2015 season.

Miller went 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA for the Cardinals, after going 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA as a rookie in 2013. He is not eligible for arbitration until after next season, so the deal represents a significant payroll savings for the Braves.

DEAL No. 2: Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year/$320 million mega-deal confirmed.


It’s not everyday that a player signing a deal (potentially) worth up to $320 million is overshadowed, but that’s the case with Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins on Monday. . The only aspect of the deal worth noting today is that Stanton, now 25, has an as-of-yet undefined opt out around the age of 30.

Stanton, who has 154 career homers at age 25, doesn’t become a free agent until after the 2016 season.

Stanton’s 2014 season ended Sept. 11 when he was hit in the face by a pitch. Despite missing the final 17 games, he led the NL with 37 homers and a .555 slugging percentage for the Marlins, who went 77-85 but ended a three-year streak of last-place finishes in the NL East.

Stanton finished second in NL MVP voting on Thursday.

The Stanton deal continues the trend of teams re-signing their own players before they hit the open market.

DEAL No. 3: Russell Martin signs five-year/$82 million deal with Blue Jays:

Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

Five years and $82 million are eye-popping figures for a 31-year-old catcher, a catcher who’s never hit more than 21 home runs in a season. Martin did put up an excellent offensive season with Pittsburgh this year, posting a .290/.402./.430 line. The key here is on-base percentage. .402 represents the highest of Martin’s nine-year career. His lifetime on-base average is .354. If he’s able to get on base and hit behind Jose Reyes, leaving more RBI spots for Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, maybe it proves to be a good move.

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox

White Sox Slugger Jose Abrue Wins AL ROY; Mets Hurler Jacob deGrom Takes NL ROY

Coming off one of the most impressive debut seasons by a hitter in years, Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has been named the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year.

Abreu is the first White Sox player to win the prestigious award since Ozzie Guillen in 1985.

With all the pressure that comes with being a high-profile hitter and signing a record-breaking contract, the 27-year-old Abreu had a lot to live up to. He more than held up his end of the bargain this year with a .317/.383/.581 slash line and 36 homers. His slugging percentage was the best in baseball, and he tied for fourth in homers.

As for the National League award, Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets took home the honors:

The 6’4″ right-hander went 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA over 140.1 innings to lock down the NL award. With the plethora of young arms in New York’s rotation, deGrom and Co. have the Mets’ future looking bright.


Joe Maddon Offered to Buy Everyone a Shot and a Beer at His First Cubs Press Conference [Video]

Newly hired Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon held his introductory press conference Monday at The Cubby Bear, a bar located across the street from Wrigley Field. Even though he might have looked a lot like Will Ferrell’s impression of Harry Caray, Maddon did his best to charm the Chicago press corps by talking about winning, cards “dripping with analytics” and all sorts of other rosy ideas which might help the team end its World Series drought which dates back to 1908.

Joe Maddon Ordered A Round Of Drinks At His Cubs Press Conference

Oh right, Maddon’s overt courtship of the Chicago (and national baseball) media concluded with an offer of free alcohol at the end of the presser, with a nod to his Hazelton, Pa., roots:


San Francisco Giants Win World Series Thanks to Madison Bumgarner’s Incredible Pitching Performances

Sorry Dodgers fans, for the third time in five years, the San Francisco Giants are the kings of Major League Baseball.

Madison Bumgarner threw five scoreless innings of relief, propelling Bruce Bochy’s squad to an instant-classic, 3-2, Game 7 win over the Kansas City Royals to capture the 2014 World Series.

En route to securing his third championship ring, the 25-year-old Bumgarner finished the historic Fall Classic with two of the Giants’ four wins, one save, one earned run in 21 innings and, unsurprisingly, the MVP award:

His 0.43 ERA was the lowest in a single World Series among pitchers with at least 15 innings since Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax produced an 0.38 ERA for the 1965 Dodgers.

When the Giants won in 2010, Tim Lincecum, fresh from Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009, was their ace. Then Matt Cain led them in ’12 and, now, Bumgarner.

The Giants become just the second National League club ever to win three World Series in a five-year span, joining the St. Louis Cardinals (1942, 1944 and 1946). And the first team to win three in a five-year span since the Yankees of 1996 through 2000.