What everyone anticipated for days became official Tuesday night, when the Boston Red Sox announced they had reached a four-year contract agreement with Hanley Ramirez.
Financial terms weren’t released, but multiple outlets reported the deal is worth $88 million and contains a $22 million vesting option for a fifth year.
Notably, Ramirez, who has spent his entire 10-year major league career at shortstop and third base, was called a “left fielder” in the team’s press release announcing the deal.
It was the second notable pickup of the day for the Red Sox, who officially added third baseman Pablo Sandoval earlier in the day. Sandoval was introduced to the media at an afternoon press conference, with Ramirez’s introduction coming a few hours later.
Ramirez, 30, hit .283 with 35 doubles, 13 home runs and 75 RBI during an injury-shortened 2014 campaign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He participated in three consecutive All-Star games from 2008 to 2010, and he was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2006 while with the Florida Marlins. He began his professional career in the Red Sox organization but was traded to Florida in 2005 as part of the deal that brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston.
Ramirez will wear No. 13 with the Red Sox, who designated recently acquired infielder Juan Francisco for assignment to make roster room.
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