Hanley Ramirez appears to be the first major free agent of the MLB offseason to find a new team. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Hanley Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms on a contract.
Source: Hanley Ramirez headed to Boston tomorrow to finalize deal with #RedSox.
â€” Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 24, 2014
The deal is reportedly worth $90 million over five years. The shortstop made $16 million in the 2014 season.
Signing with Boston means Ramirez is returning to the place where he started his career. He played just two games with the Red Sox in 2005, but was traded to the then-Florida Marlins that offseason. The deal saw the Red Sox trade Ramirez, and three other prospects, including Anibal Sanchez, for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota.
Ramirez played 128 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, posting an OPS of .817 with 13 home runs and 14 stolen bases. The year before he had a .345 batting average.
After following their 2013 World Series championship with 71 wins and a last-place finish in the American League East, the Red Sox look ready to increase their payroll in order to return to the playoffs. They are looking to re-sign Jon Lester, and the Boston Globe has reported that the Rex Sox have offered free agent Pablo Sandoval a five-year, $95 million contract.