UPDATE: Now it sounds as if the deal is in place:
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8:15 AM: There are some reports circulating that Sandoval’s agent is denying that a deal is in place. With the caveat that I literally cannot remember the last time that Jon Heyman whiffed on transaction news, we will keep you updated on this.
7:46 AM: Big day for the Sox. On the same day they are expected to officially announce a deal with Hanley Ramirez, Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Pablo Sandoval for five years and close to $100 million.
Sandoval had offers from both the Giants and the Padres as well, but going back to last week it seemed like Boston was his top choice.
With Sandoval and Ramirez in the fold, there is clearly a bit of a logjam in the Red Sox’ lineup. We discussed how that might be resolved earlier this morning. Short version: figure Sandoval at third base, Ramirez in left field and a trade of one or more of the Red Sox’ outfielders and/or third baseman Will Middlebrooks, most likely in an effort to address the starting pitching situation.