Free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez is in Boston Monday to reportedly finalize a five-year, $90 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Also, according to CBSSports.com, the deal came together by Ramirez’s willingness to play other positions including the outfield.
Ramirez decided to hit the free agent market instead of accepting the Los Angeles Dodgers $15.3 million qualifying offer earlier this month. He also leaves a gaping hole at shortstop that the Dodgers will have to fill through free agency if they’re looking for a player to make an immediate impact.
The 30-year-old ends a productive, but injury plagued, two-plus years in a Dodgers uniform after joining the club in a 2012 trade with the, then, Florida Marlins. Ramirez compiled splits of .299/.365/.512 with 43 home runs and 172 RBIs as a Dodger. He also finished eighth in MVP voting after the 2013 season as the key cog on that team’s 42-8 run and an NL West Division title.
Ramirez returns to the organization that signed him as a 16-year-old out of Samana, Dominican Republic. He made his Major League debut with the Red Sox as a 21-year-old in 2005.