UPDATE: Rosenthal now reports that the deal is for four years and $88 million with a vesting option for a fifth year at $22 million.
Sunday, 11:41 PM: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez will travel to Boston tomorrow to finalize a deal with the Red Sox in the range of five years and $90 million. The signing will be the first of what the Red Sox hope are several key off-season signings. They have also made an offer to free agent starter Jon Lester and third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez, 30, had a good year at the plate for the Dodgers in 2014, batting .283/.369/.448 with 13 home runs and 71 RBI. According to Baseball Reference, he has been worth on average 4.5 Wins Above Replacement over the past two seasons.
If the Red Sox end up signing Sandoval as well, the club could try moving Ramirez to the outfield. No matter what, this likely punches Yoenis Cespedes’ ticket out of Boston.