The Panda era in Boston ended without even taking off.
The Red Sox threw the towel with Venezuelan third baseman Pablo Sandoval and placed him on assignment on Friday, disposing of a player who was awarded a $ 95 million contract as a free agent before the 2015 campaign and never Healthy enough, or fit enough to replicate the success he achieved with the San Francisco Giants.
Boston has 10 days to redeem or unsubscribe the third base of 30 years, who was activated from the list of injured (hearing channel infection) after completing a rehabilitation task in the minors. Unless they get another team to pay part of their salary, the Red Sox will have spent almost 100 million for a total of 161 games, 575 at-bats, 136 hits and 14 home runs.
Sandoval was the MVP of the 2012 World Series when he hit .500 with three homers in four games against Detroit, and returned to San Francisco to win the 2014 title. Adored by the fans of that city where he was Nicknamed “Kung Fu Panda” for his plump physique, decided to leave the Giants and signed with the Red Sox after that campaign.
“I want a new challenge, I need a new challenge,” he said when presented by Boston. “I know I had a great race in San Francisco, but now I will have another one here.”
But the change of team turned out to be more traumatic than I thought.
Sandoval hit .245 with 10 homers in his first year with the Red Sox, which had the worst at-bat for his career. In 2016, after losing its titular position before Travis Shaw, the Venezuelan operated of the left shoulder and was lost almost all the season.
This year did not start much better either.
Hoping that a healthy Sandoval, and several pounds less, could contribute to the team, Boston returned the ownership at third base. But the former slugger lasted just three weeks before suffering a knee injury that sent him to the disabled list for 32 days. Last month, he returned to the list because of ear infection.
In total, Sandoval played 32 games this year and got just 21 hits.