Red Sox looking at Sandoval and Ramirez?

The Red Sox have been frequently linked to free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval over the past few days, with Sandoval now reportedly choosing between Boston, San Diego and San Francisco.

But here’s a new wrinkle: The Red Sox are “trying hard” to sign both Sandoval and free agent Hanley Ramirez, according to

Boston has been in touch with Ramirez, who turns 31 in December, since the General Managers Meetings in Phoenix, according to the report.

Citing an industry source, WEEI reported on Sunday that the Red Sox are in “advanced conversations” with Ramirez, and a deal “could come together quickly.” However, there is not yet an agreement in place.

While Sandoval would obviously fit right in at third base in Boston, it’s less certain where Ramirez would play. If Sandoval signs elsewhere, Ramirez could be the answer at third base. If the Red Sox sign both players, Ramirez could wind up in left field or any number of positions.

Ramirez began his career in Boston. The Red Sox signed him as an amateur free agent in 2000, and he played two games for them in 2005 before he was traded to the Marlins. Playing shortstop for the Dodgers last year, Ramirez hit .283/.369/.448 with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs in 128 games.

As notes, three of this offseason’s biggest free agents are possibly in play for the Red Sox in Sandoval, Ramirez and former Sox lefty Jon Lester. Boston already has extended an offer to Lester.

-Adam Berry

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