With MLB free agency in full swing, one by one the big names are starting to drop off the board. Today, one of the biggest stars in the game is headed to one of the most storied franchises and one of the rising stars in the league has solidified his place in Seattle for the foreseeable future.
First, Kyle Seager. He’s been a durable, solid option for the Mariners, and was rewarded for that with a 7-year, $100 million extension. Any other year, a 7-year deal would seem like a lifetime, but the 2104 free agency period will of course be shrouded by 13-year deals. Seager hit .268 last season, which may not sound great, but at a position where the average was .250, he’s a hot commodity. He also knocked 25 homers and 96 RBIs. That trailed only Josh Donaldson among AL third basemen. Essentially a well-deserved extension for one of the league’s most underrated players.
The big move though is Pablo Sandoval leaving San Francisco and signing with the Boston Red Sox. Sandoval has been a valuable part of the Giants in recent years when they’ve been a perennial contender. He was also a fan favorite in the bay area, but in the end, 5-years, $100 million, and the chance to play in Boston swayed him into joining the BoSox. In addition to Sandoval, there’s now word that Hanley Ramirez is headed to Fenway pending a physical, meaning a complete offensive overload for the team that struggled in just about every area last year.
Word is that Ramirez may play left field, which means that Yoenis Cespedes could be primed to be traded. Plenty of teams will likely be interested in the young, but sometimes raw, slugger’s services, so GM Ben Cherington shouldn’t have any trouble finding a suitor. The only question now is whether Boston can find the pitching they need to be a true contender.