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(Getty Images)  —  Pablo Sandoval has agreed to to a Red Sox deal, completing what appears to be a stunning free agent double play.  —  Sandoval will receive close to $100 million for five years, people familiar with the deal say, following news Hanley Ramirez is close to a deal with Boston, as well.
Jon Heyman /
Red Sox trying for mega-free agent double play: Panda and Hanley  —  The Boston Red Sox are trying hard for a huge free agent double play, as they are involved with not only Pablo Sandoval but also Hanley Ramirez, according to sources.  —  The Red Sox are known to be in the middle of talks …
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Finalizing Deal With Hanley Ramirez  —  Hanley Ramirez will go to Boston on Monday to finalize a deal with the Red Sox in the five-year, $90MM range, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links).  Reports emerged this afternoon indicating that the Red Sox were in hot pursuit of Ramirez.
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Ramirez headed to Boston to sign long-term deal with Red Sox  —  Something is going on with the Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez.  Something big.  —  Ramirez is headed to Boston on Monday to finalize a deal with the Red Sox, according to a major-league source.
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Ramirez-to-Red Sox rumblings gaining momentum  —  Something is going on with the Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez.  —  The first person to say so was Christopher Meola on Twitter, who tweeted at about noon ET on Sunday, “Hanley is signing with Boston ... deal is finishing up.”
Alex Speier / Full Count:
Source: Red Sox deal for Hanley Ramirez ‘could come together quickly’  —  According to an industry source, the Red Sox are in advanced conversations with free agent Hanley Ramirez, with the possibility that a deal “could come together quickly.”  As of this afternoon, the source said …
Dave Cameron / FanGraphs Baseball:
Hanley Ramirez and the Logjam in Boston  —  The Red Sox are reportedly on the verge of signing Hanley Ramirez for something “in the range” of $90 million over five years, according to Ken Rosenthal.  The vagueness associated with the “range” wording means that we don't know exactly how many years …
Report: Boston, Ramirez finalizing $90M deal
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Nick CafardoGLOBE /
Yankees may be gun-shy, or ready to pull the trigger
Discussion: Hot Stove, MLB Trade Rumors and
Corey Brock /
In bid for Sandoval, Padres' offer ‘very competitive’
Discussion: Hot Stove
Ben Nicholson-Smith /
No recent contact between Blue Jays, Sandoval
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Susan Slusser Updated / Associated Press:
A's add Ike Davis to their first-base options  —  FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis (15) bats during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh.  The Oakland Athletics have filled their second key position in five days …
Paul Casella /!
In third year on ballot, catcher joined by former Mets Pedro, Sheff, Delgado, Kent  — writers Marty Noble, Barry Bloom and Mike Bauman share their thoughts on Mike Piazza falling short of election for the Hall of Fame  —  NEW YORK — Mike Piazza is hoping the third time is the charm …
Discussion: Metsblog
Roch Kubatko / School of Roch:25 minutes ago
Melky Cabrera a “fallback option” for the Orioles  —  So, how do you feel about Melky Cabrera?  —  I'm just curious, since I've heard from multiple people that he's a “fallback option” for the Orioles if they can't re-sign Nick Markakis.  His name has been discussed.  He's on the radar, as the kids say.
Calvin Watkins / ESPN:NEW!
Rangers inquire about J. Upton trade  —  The Texas Rangers have inquired about trading for Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton, according to a source.  —  The Rangers tried to acquire Upton in previous seasons but couldn't finalize a deal.  —  With the Rangers planning …
Discussion: Talking Chop
Eben Novy-Williams / Bloomberg:
Stanton Losing About $141 Million of Record Deal to Taxes  —  Giancarlo Stanton will give up more in taxes over his record contract than 24 Major League Baseball teams paid their players last season.  —  The Miami Marlins outfielder two days ago signed a 13-year, $325 million deal, the richest in North American sports history.
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