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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hanley Ramirez v. Pablo Sandoval.

Hanley Ramirez and  Pablo Sandoval just signed to play for the Boston Red Sox.

Hanley Ramirez
Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 225 lb.
Born: December 23, 1983 in Samana, Samana, Dominican Republic
games: SS 1,077, 3B 98, DH 14

Pablo Sandoval
Positions: Third Baseman and First Baseman
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 245 lb.
Born: August 11, 1986 in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela
games: 3B 771, 1B 63, C 14, DH 9

Sandoval is three inches shorter but twenty pounds heavier.  Ramirez is almost three years older.

Ramirez is a shortstop who has played third base and will play left field for Boston.  Sandoval is a third baseman, with some games at first and even catching, who will play third base for Boston.  Sandoval seems ill suited to play any other fielding position in the future.

Ramirez bats right handed.  Sandoval is a switch hitter who performs better batting lefty.  Boston needs lefty batters or at least batters who hit righty pitchers.

Ramirez:
ISplitGGSPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSTBGDPHBPSHSFIBBROEBAbiptOPS+
vs RHP11603949351962610482101814649421160360662.298.368.492.860173264409213037.33097
vs LHP532132311581963559312451605023146213.307.388.524.9136071912252013.343109
Sandoval:
ISplitGGSPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSTBGDPHBPSHSFIBBROEBAbiptOPS+
vs RHP8052570232930370714715883641110197328.304.357.493.850114864130314226.318109
vs LHP4309638869523945418980262136.270.317.391.708346384110814.29876
Boston needs batters who can hit right handed pitchers but Ramirez hits righties better than Sandoval: OPS .860 to .850.  And Ramirez is much better against lefty pitchers: .913 to .708.  Ramirez has much more power.

Their new contracts with Boston:

Ramirez:
201531Boston Red Sox$19,750,0009.014
201632Boston Red Sox$22,750,000
201733Boston Red Sox$22,750,000
201834Boston Red Sox$22,750,000
201935Boston Red Sox*$22,000,000$22M Vesting Option
Sandoval:
201528Boston Red Sox$17,600,0006.047
201629Boston Red Sox$17,600,000
201730Boston Red Sox$17,600,000
201831Boston Red Sox$18,600,000
201932Boston Red Sox$18,600,000
202033Boston Red Sox*$17,000,000$17M Team Option, $5M Buyout
Sandoval is a fatso who may not age well.  Ramirez is more versatile and a much better hitter.  So why is everybody OK with Sandoval but skeptical about Ramirez?  As a Yankee fan, I would have liked the Yankees to have signed Ramirez but I had no interest in Sandoval.  Yeah, I know, Sandoval is a good fielder and Ramirez is not but Ramirez is a good base runner and can you imagine Sandoval playing the outfield?

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