The Red Sox designated third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment prior to Friday's series opener against the Yankees at Fenway Park, the team announced.
Sandoval has been on the disabled list since June 20 with an inner-ear infection and had been rehabbing at Triple-A Pawtucket. He was hitting .212 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 32 games with the Red Sox this season, his third in Boston.
The 30-year-old is signed through 2019 to a five-year, $95 million deal, with a club option for 2020. His 2017 salary is $17.5 million, and $18.6 million in 2018 and '19. His buyout for 2020 would be $5 million, so the Red Sox would owe him over $42 million after this year.
Sandoval has played 161 games for the Red Sox after signing with the team in November 2014, hitting .237 with 14 home runs.
As much as it sucks that the Red Sox have to eat so much money on this move, it's the right one. It was time to get this lazy, fat slob off the fucking team.
After the Red Sox hit lightning in a bottle and won a World Series in 2013; largely in part to smart, lower risk free agent signings. A dismal 71 win 2014 caused the Red Sox front office to panic, and they reverted back to their old ways handing out huge free agent contracts to who at the time were the "best" bats available in Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. Pablo got 5 years 95 million dollars, and Hanley got 88 mil over 4.
Right away things were alright, Hanley hit like 10 HR in April of 2015, it was still early but the Red Sox went 12-10 to start the 2015 season. They weren't setting the world on fire, but at least it was technically above .500 baseball, and a winning month, something they didn't accomplish once in 2014.
Then from there things went straight down hill, Hanley got hurt in the outfield (remember when he played LF?) and Pablo was just horrible. In 126 games he hit .247 with 10 HR and statistically was one of the worst defensive 3rd basemen in the entire league. The biggest "highlight" of the season for Sandoval came off the field, when it came out he was liking "diva legacy" instagram pictures during the middle of a game.
Then in 2016 Travis Shaw ended up winning the starting 3B job in Spring Training over Sandoval. Pablo ended up playing just three games in 2016. His final stats were 0 hits, 0 hrs, 0 rbi, 1 broken belt.
Despite a solid, promising 2016 the Red Sox ended up making another horrible decision and traded Travis Shaw after the 2016 season to the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Tyler Thornburg. It appeared with all the money the Red Sox owned Pablo still, they wanted to give him one last chance.
So far the Brewers have won that trade, as Thornburg is out for the entire season with a shoulder injury, and Travis Shaw is hit .299 with 19 HR 65 RBI. Sandoval this year .212 with 4 HR and had 5 errors at 3rd. After burying him in Pawtucket for nearly a month, today the Red Sox finally did what they had to do and designated Pablo Sandoval for assignment, which means they'll more than likely end up eating the remaining, I've read up to 49.5 million dollars left on his deal. In parts of 3 seasons with the Red Sox Sandoval played 161 games batted .237 with 14 HR and 59 RBI. It's absolutely sickening that they owe this fat slob a single cent. He is the textbook cautionary tale. They fucked up big time with this signing, right away when they didn't have a weight clause in Sandoval's contract. That's the reason he came here, because every other team wanted one.
In a way I'm glad the Red Sox finally bit the bullet and got rid of this bum. They cannot waste a roster spot on this piece of shit. Not on a team with legit World Series aspirations, even with getting little to nothing from the 3rd base spot, you'd rather take your chances with Merraro or Lin, at least they can field a ground ball.
Pablo can't hit, can't field, can't run, and can't throw. All he did during his time in Boston was eat, like instagram pictures and break belts. I cannot think of one positive moment from his days in Boston, that's because there were none. People who lost loved ones to murder, have more admiration for the murderers, than Red Sox fans have for Pablo Sandoval. He is without a doubt one of the worst decisions the Red Sox have made during my lifetime, and that is saying something. It really sucks Ben Cherington fucked this team so badly with horrible contracts. The Red Sox owe Sandoval, Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig over 100 million dollars combined over the next 3 years, and none of them will ever play another inning with the Red Sox. It worries me because a lot of their good, home grown talent is going to need to get paid soon, and the Red Sox decided to allocate over 100 million bucks to three bums who literally never earned a dollar of their contracts. If Xander Bogaerts ends up on the Yankees because Ben Cherington decided to pay a Cuban who didn't play baseball for 2 years over 70 million dollars I may jump off a bridge.
But, hey at least we're in first place.