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.
LaRoche is likely to see most of his time at designated hitter because Jose Abreu is entrenched at first and won the AL Rookie of the Year award.
Sandoval, 28, met with the Red Sox last week. After winning his third World Series title in five years with San Francisco, he indicated he wanted to retire with the Giants.
Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.
LaRoche, who turned 35 on Nov. 6, gives the White Sox some sorely needed power from the left side. He hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 140 games this year for NL East champion Washington.
Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, will take over from the 80-year-old Bud Selig on Jan. 25.
Court documents filed in federal court in St. Louis show that RJH Enterprises, a firm set up to represent the former NL MVP’s interests, and Howard’s twin brother, Corey Howard, agreed to voluntarily dismiss the suit late last month after an out-of-court settlement was reached.
Butler helped the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series last month after a 29-year playoff drought.
Stanton, who turned 25 on Nov. 8, is perhaps the game’s most feared hitter. He wasn’t due to become a free agent until after the 2016 season.
Baseball’s Jose Canseco may have accidentally shot his finger off while cleaning his gun — but he’s not letting the limb go to waste. Rather, he’s turning to eBay with an offer that he’s hoping Yankee fans can’t refuse.
The 25-year-old Heyward never lived up to expectations after a brilliant rookie season, when he homered in his first at-bat and was voted to the All-Star Game.
Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award in nearly a half-century, coasting an easy victory Thursday. Mike Trout was a unanimous pick for the AL honor after finishing second the previous two years. The 23-year-old became the fifth-youngest MVP in major league history and the youngest unanimous selection.