After hours of speculation, Pablo Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vazquez, has confirmed that Pablo Sandoval has accepted an offer to sign with the Boston Red Sox, a five-year deal that includes a team option for a sixth year. The deal is believed to be just under $100 million, per earlier reports.
A press conference is expected to take place tomorrow at Fenway Park to introduce Panda as well as Hanley Ramirez, who has also been ink to a four-year, $88-million contract that carries a fifth-year option worth $22 million. Sandoval is expected to travel to Boston tonight and be on time for tomorrow’s presser, expected to take place at 5:00 p.m. ET, the time a press conference was scheduled to take place today, but was pushed back to tomorrow.
Sandoval, 28, is expected to take over the third-base position, while Hanley will take an outfield spot, thus opening the possibility of a trade happening soon as the Red Sox will try to get rid of one of their extra outfielders. Xander Bogaerts will stay at short-stop.
Sandoval is coming off his third World Series title with the San Francisco Giants, and general believe is that there’s something more to Panda leaving the Giants for a couple more million dollars. San Francisco allegedly offered the switch-hitter a deal worth about the same as the one Sandoval accepted from the Red Sox.
As more information becomes available following tomorrow’s introductory press conference, we will keep you updated with important information from this signing. Please stay tuned.