Red Sox: What if Boston signed Max Scherzer instead of Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval?
What if the Boston Red Sox didn’t sign Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to multi-year deals and signed Max Scherzer instead?
Everyone in Boston remembers when Hanley Ramirez signed a deal to come back home. After a nine year stint away from Beantown splitting time between the Marlins and Dodgers organizations, he was finally headed back to where it all began. Han-Ram wasn’t the only free agent acquisition that winter, as the Red Sox also picked up Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez signed a 4-year $88 million dollar deal with 5th year option and the Panda signed a 5-year $95 million dollar deal.
Fans were definitely left wondering why the team signed two third basemen when the major need was pitching. The Red Sox fell short in signing Jon Lester, who ended up signing with the Cubs for 6 years and $155 million dollars. Yet one arm remained available on the market that made a lot of sense going forward.
Max Scherzer had just come off back-to-back 200+ innings pitched seasons with 240 or more strike outs in each. Scherzer ended up signing a 7-year, $210 million deal with the Washington Nationals.
Still we’re left wondering, did the Sox make a big mistake or was it the right move?