Pablo Sandoval continues to weigh offers, according to his agent. (Getty Images)

Sources: Red Sox, Pablo Sandoval have agreement on five-year deal

November 24, 2014 - 3:08 am
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UPDATE (1:20 p.m.): Though Pablo Sandoval's agent, Gustavo Vasquez, continues to suggest that his client has not made a final decision about the team with whom he will sign as a free agent, multiple major league sources say that the Red Sox believe that they do indeed have an agreement, pending a physical, on a five-year deal with Sandoval. While one major league source confirmed a report by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Pablo Sandoval on the heels of Sunday night's agreement with Hanley Ramirez, Gustavo Vasquez, the agent for Sandoval, said that there is "no truth" to the report, and that Sandoval is continuing to decide between opportunities. "We have offers," Vasquez said in a text, "[but] no deal." UPDATE: While ESPN reported that Sandoval indeed has agreed to a deal with the Sox, at 10:18 a.m., Vasquez clarified in a text that Sandoval "will make his final decision today." Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans told KNBR radio that Vasquez was "vehemently denying" reports that Sandoval had already made a decision to join the Sox. Industry sources over the weekend said that Sandoval would make a decision between the three finalists for his services -- the Giants team with whom he's spent his career, the Red Sox and the Padres -- this week. While Sandoval and Ramirez had been viewed as an either/or at third base for the Red Sox, on Sunday, industry sources suggested that the Red Sox could be interested in both, with Sandoval ticketed for third and Ramirez potentially set to move to left field. If the Sox do add both, it could reshape dramatically an offense that slipped from the best in baseball in 2013 to 11th in the American League in 2014, with the switch-hitting Sandoval (who puts up dominant numbers against right-handed pitchers) and right-handed Ramirez (who crushed both right-handed and left-handed pitching) likely added to David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the middle of the Red Sox lineup. Sandoval, 28, hit .279 with a .324 OBP, .415 slugging mark and 16 homers in 157 regular season games for the Giants in 2014 before a standout (.366/.423/.465) postseason as he helped the Giants to their third World Series triumph in five years. The Sox have pursued him as an upgrade after their third basemen combined for a line of .211 with a .271 OBP and .308 slugging percentage, all marks that ranked among the bottom two among AL teams at third base. If Sandoval does indeed join the Sox, it would be as a third baseman. Ramirez -- considered a below-average shortstop and not likely to be Sandoval's equal at third -- would then likely move to left field, with Xander Bogaerts expected to stay at shortstop. Jake Wesley (via twitter) was the first to report a five-year agreement between Sandoval and the Red Sox. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com was the first to confirm the report.

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