Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is the most-expensive bench player in the MLB as of the moment. Will the Red Sox finally trade “Panda” to end all of these MLB rumors about his future in Boston?
The Red Sox signed Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million contract last season but he had an underwhelming first season. He only had .245 batting average with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 126 games while his conditioning, weight problems and defense were also questioned.
As mentioned in a previous report about Sandoval and MLB rumors, the 29-year-old third baseman lost his starting job to Travis Show this spring training. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski has insisted that Sandoval has been very professional about the decision and is not demanding a trade.
However, a recent decision by Boston manager John Farrell in the 9-7 loss against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday showed Sandoval’s status in the roster. A report by ESPN noted that Sandoval was not chosen to pinch hit in the seventh inning with the Red Sox needing a run.
But Farrell seems to be very optimistic about the three-time World Series champion’s role in with the Red Sox. He insisted that Sandoval needs to stay sharp just in case his name gets called for certain situations.
“The thing that we continue to encourage and outline to him is his early work, his pregame work is going to be critical. We communicate with him inside of a game when those opportunities are going to present in a pinch hit type situation. Spot start him occasionally to keep him in the flow of things,” Farrell told Mass Live.
And he sees a bigger role for Sandoval in the future as long as he stays patient.
“Pablo’s going to play I think a key role and contribute at some point this season. And for the time being, it is a difficult spot — different spot — for Pablo to be in,” he added.
Nonetheless, MLB rumors will continue with Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggesting that the Red Sox trade Sandoval to the San Diego Padres.
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