The Boston Red Sox has an expensive backup third baseman on their roster. Pablo Sandoval will begin the season on the bench after losing his starting spot to Travis Show this spring training. Will the Red Sox trade Sandoval this upcoming season?
According to the latest MLB rumors, Boston Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski has no intention of trading Sandoval. Dombrowski also revealed in an interview that the 29-year-old third baseman has not requested a trade.
“He has not [expressed dissatisfaction] to me, no. All of his comments in the paper have been great. I also think he wants to be in a position when he gets in the lineup that he produces and puts up some numbers,” Dombrowski said via WEEI.com.
This interview came after Sandoval’s agent, Rick Thurman compared his client’s situation to “leaving a Ferrari in a garage.” Thurman helped “Panda” secure a five-year, $95 million contract from the Red Sox last season.
Panda, agent rick thurman of @BHSCouncil met today. Thurman: “if you want to win, why leave the ferrari in the garage?’
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 1, 2016
However, Sandoval cleared his name saying that his agent’s comments were not coming from him.
“That’s my agent, it [doesn’t] come from me. My agent, he can say whatever he wants. Like I said, his comment, not mine,” he said.
The three-time World Series champion had a disappointing first year in Beantown. He only hit .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 126 games. His conditioning, weight problems and defense were also in question.
As mentioned in a previous report on MLB rumors, Sandoval was linked to a trade to the San Diego Padres in exchange for starting pitcher James Shields. The Red Sox are still in need of an additional starter just in case someone gets injured.
On the other hand, Shaw commented on the news that he will be starting on Opening Day.
“I’m really looking forward to experiencing my first Opening Day. Being able to start on Monday is going to be really exciting. I’m really pumped and looking forward to it,” Shaw told The Boston Globe.
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