Red Sox finalize agreement with Sandoval

Red Sox finalize agreement with Sandoval

BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox have finalized their five-year contract with third baseman Pablo Sandoval, the first of two big signings aimed at boosting Boston's offense after a last-place finish in the AL East.

Sandoval was to be introduced at a Fenway Park news conference Tuesday. The Red Sox also agreed to a deal with Hanley Ramirez, a baseball official with knowledge of that agreement said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because Ramirez hadn't yet passed a physical.

Sandoval helped San Francisco win its third World Series title in five years. Boston's deal with Kung Fu Panda includes a team option for 2020.

To clear a roster spot, the Red Sox designated first baseman-catcher Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

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