I am getting so f*****g tired of talking about Pablo Sandoval.
Panda was placed on the 15 day Disabled List yesterday, because of a “left-shoulder strain”. I’m not denying that his shoulder is in pain, but as Jeff Passan states, it’s very mysterious that the Red Sox planned no MRI or professional medical Diagnosis. Not exactly standard MLB protocol. By doing this, the Red Sox have shown everyone, including Sandoval, that they have absolutely no use for him, even as a bench player.
I’m glad that the guy wasn’t handed the starting third baseman job, but having him on the disabled list makes him even more useless than before. He’s a 95 million dollar distraction, and I’d love to see him gone- vanquished from Boston, never to return.
I’m not a betting man, but I would be surprised if Panda ever saw the lights of Fenway in a Sox unie again.
Call me an optimist, but I think the main reason he was placed on the DL was to get him regular at-bats in Pawtucket on a rehabilitation stint, in the hopes that some poor bastard team will see something we don’t: a good ballplayer. San Diego was rumored to be “in” on Sandoval at the end of Spring Training, right as he lost his job to Travis Shaw.
President of baseball operations “Trader Dave” Dombrowski has a lot of hype around him because he’s been able to move the immovable contracts, like Sandoval’s in the past. (Prince Fielder, Curtis Granderson, etc.) If anyone could move Sandoval (figuratively speaking), it’s DD.
UPDATE: Here’s a live look-in of San Diego Padres General Manager A.J. Preller on the phone with Boston Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski as they discuss Pablo Sandoval. Note Preller’s wide eyes of excitement as he imagines the possibility of having a former World Series MVP play the hot corner for his Padres.:
For what it’s worth, Pablo Sandoval seems like a very nice guy. He’s laid back, has a great personality and a lot of his teammates, both past and present have said what a great teammate he is. That said, he is not, has never been, and never will be a fit for Boston. His vacation on the DL is only further proof that the Red Sox feel the same way. He’s useless to the Sox, but at 29, there’s still got to be a decent player in there somewhere beneath the apathy and ego. I do hope he finds it… with another team.
It’s time for both sides to move on.