Panda-mania is over in Boston before it ever unequivocally began.
The Red Sox designated third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment on Friday, slicing their waste on a $95 million US giveaway representative who was never prolific or healthy adequate to replicate a recognition — or World Series success — he had in San Francisco.
The Red Sox have 10 days to trade or recover a 30-year-old Sandoval, who was activated him from a infirm list (inner ear infection) and returned from an damage rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Unless they can find a taker for partial of his salary, they will have paid $95 million for a sum of 161 games, 575 at-bats, 136 hits and 14 homers — and not a singular one of them in a post-season.
The MVP of a 2012 World Series after batting .500 with 3 homers in 4 games opposite Detroit, Sandoval was a star again while assisting a Giants win a 2014 championship. Beloved in a Bay, where he was dubbed “Kung Fu Panda,” he chose to leave San Francisco and pointer with a Red Sox that winter.
“I wish a new challenge. we need a new challenge,” he pronounced during a news discussion during Fenway Park in Nov before frolicking in front of a snow-covered margin with a chairman in a panda suit. “I know that we had a good career in San Francisco. But I’m going to have a new one here.”
It valid some-more severe than he imagined.
Sandoval strike .245 with 10 homers in his initial year with a Red Sox, posting career lows in scarcely each descent category. In 2016, after losing his pursuit to 25-year-old Travis Shaw, who had never played a full deteriorate in a vital leagues, Sandoval wound adult carrying left shoulder medicine and blank roughly a whole season.
This year didn’t start off most better.
Hopeful that a healthy Sandoval could still assistance a team, a Red Sox gave him his pursuit behind during third base. But that lasted only 3 weeks before a knee damage landed him on a infirm list for 32 games. Last month, he went behind on a DL with a ear infection.
In all this season, Sandoval played in 32 games and managed only 21 hits — 6 for additional bases. With Shaw traded to Milwaukee final winter for reliever Tyler Thornburg, a Red Sox have mostly been regulating Deven Marrero during third base.