Every since the Red Sox traded away Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers it appeared that Boston’s front office and ownership had a new philosophy on signing players to very lucrative contracts. A few years ago the Red Sox signed both Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to seven year deals. Crawford’s contract was for 142 million while Gonzalez totaled 154 million. Pretty early on into their tenures with Boston it was obviously that the Red Sox made two colossal errors. Fortunately for the Red Sox early on into those deals at the end of August 2012, Boston was able to ship both Crawford and Gonzalez along with their big contracts to the Dodgers. Boston said they had learned from this experience and moving forward would still be willing to spend money but be a lot smarter on very rich deals with players. I don’t believe they have.
Last year the Sox signed both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to very rich deals. Granted the years of these contracts were far less than Gonzalez and Crawford’s seven year contracts. Sandoval landed a five year deal for 95 million, while Hanley signed a four year deal for 88 million. Sandoval was a player who was a bit injury prone, had a weight concern and while a huge post season performer a player that was good not great in the regular season. Kung Fu Panda’s first year in Boston was a disaster. Sandoval hit .245 with 10 Homers and 47 runs driven in last year. On top of that Sandoval gave up switch hitting early on in 2015 and is now exclusively a left handed hitter.
Hanley Ramirez who a number of years ago most people in baseball felt would be one of the top five players in the game. Hanley has never made that elite status. Hanley the last few years has been injury prone and some have questioned his attitude. The Red Sox felt a change of scenery and playing in Fenway in their lineup would be a renaissance for Hanley. Early on last season the Red Sox looked like geniuses but that quickly fizzled and Hanley finished with 19 Homers and 53 RBI along with a .249 average. Now it appears Hanley is a player without a position and that is a problem for the Red Sox as they have a full time DH already in David Ortiz for the 2016 season. Continue reading Have the Red Sox Learned Their Lesson?