Red Sox designate Pablo Sandoval for assignment, release expected

Red Sox designate Pablo Sandoval for assignment, release expected

The Red Sox designated third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment on Friday, cutting their losses on the $95 million free agent who was never productive or healthy enough to replicate the popularity - or World Series success - he had in San Francisco. Sandoval appeared in just 161 games for the Boston Red Sox and he hit.237 with a.286 on-base percentage. Teams will be able to sign him for the league minimum once he hits the open market, but the Red Sox will still be obligated to pay the money owed on his guaranteed contract.

"If the player sustains a new injury or a reoccurrence of an injury while on a rehabilitation assignment, separate written consent from the player and approval from the Commissioner's Office is required for a subsequent rehabilitation assignment".

This is a vitally important series coming right out of the All-Star Break.

What did the Red Sox get for their $95 million?

The Sandoval contract will go down as one of the worst in the history of sports. And because of Sandoval, the Red Sox traded Travis Shaw before the 2016 season, only to watch him become a star for the Milwaukee Brewers.

1 prospect is moving on up. In short, he has been dominant (and, yes, that includes his loss to the Yankees back in April, when he went 8 IP, allowing 8 H, 3 R, and 0 BB, while striking out 10).

The Red Sox have the best bullpen in baseball by RA9-WAR (FanGraphs' run-based WAR), with nearly a full run lead over the Dodgers. Just don't expect them to immediately be in the same form that made them the talk of MLB for much of the first half.

At this point, the Sox are simply dawdling.