If this season wasn't enough of a disappointment, it just got worse. Hanley Ramirez (who signed a 4 yr, $88 mil contract this offseason) has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to a nagging shoulder injury that has made him ineffective when in the lineup. This doesn't come as much of a surprise however, as Hanley is known for taking his sweet time returning from injury.
So no, we will not get to see him play first base this season.
The one negative that comes with Hanley not playing again this season is that it depletes his trade value. Not that it was very high anyway, considering his underachieving year and lack of effort shown in left field, but him missing these last 11 games and the majority of the second half of the season means that we will see Hanley at first on Opening Day in 2016.
Therefore, Travis Shaw might be on the move. Maybe in a potential deal to bolster the rotation, I don't know.
Now as for Pablo Sandoval (5 yr, $95 mil), he was diagnosed with pneumonia and, by the looks of it, will miss the rest of the season as well. Panda had a down year both in the field and at the plate, but he was definitely the better acquisition this offseason and shows the heart that it takes to play in Boston. You can't control someone's immunity to illnesses so it's just an unlucky occurrence that Sandoval is out. And we hope it goes away sooner rather than later.
On the bright side, this gives Devin Marrero a chance to play and gain experience at the major league level, making him more value able to a potential rebuilder (I.e. Oakland).
The Red Sox spent close to 50 million dollars in budget this season in Panda and Hanley. Money that could've been paid to an ace, whether that was Jon Lester or James Shields. However, the deals have already been made and now we have to live with them and look to build for 2016.
By Jordan Leandre