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BOSTON - Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Ryan Hartman Jersey . Now theyre teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million spending spree the Red Sox are hoping will lift them out of the AL East cellar.Its exciting for me to be with Hanley and David Ortiz, Sandoval said Tuesday at Fenway Park after finishing up a five-year, $95 million contract that adds him to a lineup he called The Three Amigos.About five hours later, the Red Sox completed their day-night news conference doubleheader by announcing Ramirezs four-year deal, which is worth $88 million. A former Red Sox prospect, Ramirez was traded to the Marlins nine Thanksgivings ago in a deal that brought Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett to Boston.Why not go back where you belong? Ramirez said. It worked out for the both of us: You guys won a couple of world championships. I havent won any, but thats what Im here for.Sandoval helped the Giants win three titles, earning the World Series MVP in 2012 and the nickname Kung Fu Panda that helped cement him as a fan favourite. He thanked the Giants for bringing him up as a big leaguer and Giants fans for their support.I want a new challenge. I need a new challenge, he said at his afternoon news conference. I know that I had a great career in San Francisco. But Im going to have a new one here.Sandoval helps fill a hole in the Red Sox lineup for a third baseman and a left-handed bat. Ramirez, who played shortstop and a little third base with the Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers, is expected to move to left field.Youre always trying to get a sense of where they might fit in, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Were not even at Thanksgiving yet. The potential for some other additions might exist.Sandovals deal includes a team option for 2020 and Ramirezs contract has a vesting option for 2019.A 28-year-old Venezuelan listed at 5-foot-11 and 248 pounds, Sandoval was seen as a potential replacement at designated hitter when Ortiz retires. But Sandoval said he plans to manage his weight so he can remain in the field.Both players praised Ortiz, and Ramirez also said Dustin Pedroia helped recruit him to Boston.He said, Ive got two rings. You dont have any. I want some more, Ramirez said. That kind of thing pumps you up.Sandoval said Ortiz gave him advice when he was in the minor leagues that he has carried with him. Having a chance to play with Ortiz, who was the Series MVP in 2013, was a factor that attracted him to Boston.To be Papis teammate — 162 games, all that with him — for me, its going to be a very exciting time, said Sandoval, who had dinner with Ramirez on Monday night. Ramirez agreed, saying Ortiz was like a big brother to me.Sandoval is a career .294 hitter who had 16 homers and 73 RBIs in the regular season this year and then hit .366 in the post-season while helping the Giants win their third World Series in five years.He really embodies a lot of what we care about, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. Hes been a big winner. Hes been a performer when it counts the most. Hes respected as a teammate, loves to play. We think he fits what were all about here. Were excited to have him.A 30-year-old infielder who has never played the outfield in 1,634 professional games, Ramirez batted .300 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs for Los Angeles this year. Cherington, who watched Ramirez learn to play shortstop in the minors, said he is confident Ramirez can take on a new position.For now, the Red Sox are overloaded with outfielders and short on pitchers, having acquired Allen Craig and Yoenis Cespedes at the July trade deadline while shipping off four-fifths of the rotation.Weve got a ways to go in the off-season, Farrell said.To clear the roster spots, the Red Sox designated first baseman-catcher Ryan Lavarnway and infielder Juan Francisco for assignment. Colton Sissons Jersey . - New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has an agreement to bring back outside linebacker Parys Haralson on a one-year deal. Mattias Ekholm Jersey .The South African had three birdies on the front nine and another four after the turn at Leopard Creek Country Club to move to 16-under 128 overall.Grace, who won all four of his European Tour titles in 2012, dropped his only shot of the competition on the par-3 fifth.Despite their ruinous crash in the Spanish GP, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg can continue as Mercedes team-mates according to the F1 Report guests. The two Silver Arrows drivers crashed out of the race in Barcelona following an opening-lap collision while fighting for the lead.Sky Sports F1s Martin Brundle described the image of both cars in the gravel as possibly the defining moment of where the Mercedes team heads for 2017. However, Williams co-founder Sir Patrick Head believes it would be an overreaction to change drivers.They are both fairly mature characters. On the track they have had a clash, but I dont see it as a reason they cant drive in the same team going forwards, he told the F1 Report. Watch the show in full: Natalie Pinkham, Sky Sports F1s Marc Priestley and Williams co-founder Sir Patrick Head review an eventful Spanish GP. It would seem an overreaction for that to happen. I think going forward it really depends what happens, if Lewis goes out and wins the next four races in a row and closes the gap then Lewis will be happy and everything will be fine. Nico will have to be focusing on going out afterwards and winning.They have 16 races ahead of them and they will be looking forward at that rather than looking back. Yes, it will be an annoyance and they have to work out how they deal with it and how they avoid it in the future. But I dont see it as a reason why they cant be in the same team.Former McLaren No 1 mechanic Marc Priestley feels even if Mercedes did change their line-up tension would soon return. Ted Kravitz speaks to Martin Brundle about how Mercedes dealt with the fall-out from the lap crash In terms of swapping drivers at Mercedes for next year I think this is a consequence of whoever you put in that car, if they are both competitive drivers, in a car at the front of the field, battling for a world title, I dont think it matters who youve got there - they are going to fall out, he said. Craig Smith Jersey. Their biggest rival is the guy sat a few metres away on the other side of the garage. This is a consequence of their success and it is something they have to deal with. I dont think swapping a driver out is going to allay that for very long.Indeed, the first rule of racing is always to beat your team-mate and in his long career in F1, Head doesnt remember many team-mates being friends.The only time Ive come across good friends within a team Ive been involved with is when one is clearly head and shoulders above the other and the other accepts the other one is better, he said.I dont think anyone wants that.  Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were involved in a dramatic crash at the Spanish GP Every race live in 2016 Sky Sports F1 brings you every race live in 2016. Fast and easy online upgrade - click here Also See: Lewis-Nico clash a defining moment What now for Hamilton and Rosberg? 】


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