MLB notebook: Sandoval, Ramirez heading to Boston
The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the American League East cellar with two big free agent signings.
The first team in major league history to go from worst to first and back again agreed to terms on a multiyear deal with third baseman Pablo Sandoval, his agent confirmed Monday night. According to a baseball official with knowledge of the deal, Boston also agreed to a four-year, $88 million deal with Hanley Ramirez, who came up to the major leagues with the Red Sox.
The official confirmed both agreements on the condition of anonymity because the players hadn’t passed physicals. The Ramirez deal was expected to be finalized Tuesday.
The moves give the Red Sox a potent batting order that includes two of the past three World Series MVPs, Sandoval and David Ortiz.
Sandoval, 28, is a career .294 hitter who had 16 homers and 73 RBIs in the regular season this year and then hit .366 in the postseason. Ramirez came up in the Red Sox system and was still a prospect when he was traded to the Florida Marlins in the deal that brought Josh Beckett and future World Series MVP Mike Lowell to Boston. The 30-year-old shortstop batted .300 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs for Los Angeles Dodgers this year.
Report: Seager gets $100M from Mariners
Kyle Seager has cashed in on the best season of his young career, becoming the third Mariners player to reach the $100 million threshold.
The third baseman and the Mariners agreed to a $100 million, seven-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical.
Seager is coming off his first All-Star game selection and his first Gold Glove. The 27-year-old hit .268 with a career-high 25 homers and 96 RBIs.
Hall of Fame hopefuls
Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball’s 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.
Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. Results will be announced Jan. 6.
Around the league
A full postseason share for the World Series champion Giants was worth a record $388,606, topping the previous mark of $370,873 set by San Francisco two years ago. … The Dodgers acquired right-hander Juan Nicasio from the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Nicasio, 28, was 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA for the Rockies last season. … Josh Willingham is retiring after 11 seasons. He hit .215 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs this year with Minnesota and Kansas City.