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Red Sox sign Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in surprise free agency coup

The Boston Red Sox on Monday signed free agent infielders Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to long-term deals, giving the team the top two bats on the open market this offseason. Sandoval's deal is for a reported five years and $100 million, while Ramirez's is reportedly $88 million spread over four years.

The moves give the Red Sox a surplus of position players, suggesting they will aggressively seek to flip someone to upgrade a thin pitching rotation.