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Pablo Sandoval | Third Baseman | #48

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 255
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Updating an earlier report, the Giants have not discussed trading for Pablo Sandoval, according to's Chris Haft.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reported Friday that the Giants were considering trying to acquire Sandoval from the Red Sox but Haft said that isn't the case. The Giants are content with starting Eduardo Nunez at third base and are focused on upgrading at closer. GM Bobby Evans confirmed that Sandoval is not on the team's radar. "I’m not aware of any consideration of a reunion, but we’ll never forget all that he meant to the Giants organization," said Evans. Coming off shoulder surgery, Sandoval will presumably compete with Travis Shaw and Brock Holt for the starting job third base job in Boston this spring. Nov 26 - 11:44 PM

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Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that the Giants have considered trying to acquire Pablo Sandoval from the Red Sox.

Sandoval missed nearly the entire 2016 season due to a left shoulder injury and is still owed another $58 million through 2019. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski could be willing to eat part of Sandoval's salary in order to clear the way for Yoan Moncada to take over at third base while saving some on what looks to be an awful contract dished out by his predecessor. Sandoval loved his time playing for the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy seems to know how to handle him, making a reunion potentially viable.
Nov 25 - 7:17 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Pablo Sandoval has made "tremendous strides in the dietary aspects of his life."

It had been reported previously that Sandoval had lost over 20 pounds while rehabbing from a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Of course, he's lost plenty of weight before, only to gain it back when his old habits kicked in. Sandoval will have to fight for a starting job in spring training, so perhaps he's finally motivated.
Nov 7 - 7:58 PM

Red Sox activated 3B Pablo Sandoval from the 60-day disabled list.

Sandoval appeared in only three games this season for the Red Sox before requiring surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He's lost some weight on his rehab and the Red Sox expect him to compete for the starting third base job next spring with Travis Shaw and Brock Holt. Sandoval is still owed a whopping $54.8 million on a contract that runs through 2019.
Nov 3 - 3:42 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski indicated Tuesday that Pablo Sandoval is expected to compete with Travis Shaw and Brock Holt for the starting third base job in the spring.

Sandoval underwent season-ending surgery back in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He lost over 20 pounds during his rehab and Dombrowski praised his recent work at the team's complex in Fort Myers, Florida. Sandoval is still under contract through 2019 with a club option for 2020.
Oct 11 - 3:02 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) could return this season "if the need arises."

Sandoval is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He's made two appearances in the fall instructional league at DH and took batting practice with the Red Sox on Saturday. It's still a long shot but there's an outside chance Panda could make the postseason roster, particularly if something happens to Aaron Hill, Travis Shaw or Brock Holt over the next week.
Sep 24 - 4:34 PM

WEEI's Rob Bradford relays that Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) has lost 22 pounds during his rehab.

Sandoval underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder in early May. While the shoulder injury was not outwardly caused by the third baseman's overweight ways, he has focused on trimming down this summer in an effort to enter 2017 on the right track. He remains under contract through 2019, so it is in the best interest of all involved for there to be a positive outcome after this lost season.
Aug 24 - 4:18 PM

Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald "we absolutely need" Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) next season.

Sandoval has been a complete bust since joining the Red Sox in 2015 and barely played this year because of a shoulder injury. However, with David Ortiz departing Sandoval could have a role next year as the starting DH. Travis Shaw would remain at third base in that scenario with Hanley Ramirez handling first. Of course, if top prospect Yoan Moncada can make a smooth transition to the hot corner, it could create a domino effect with Shaw moving to first and Ramirez sliding in at DH. Sandoval, who has reportedly lost 15 pounds while rehabbing this summer, is under contract through 2019 with a club option for 2020.
Aug 23 - 12:22 PM

Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) has lost 15 pounds while working out 5-6 days a week at the Red Sox's spring training facility in Fort Myers.

That's good news as long as he can keep off the weight. Sandoval's weight gain last offseason was a major storyline in spring training and certainly played a role in John Farrell's decision to go with Travis Shaw as the Red Sox's starting third baseman. With top prospect Yoan Moncada transitioning to third base, Sandoval faces an uncertain future in Boston. Sandoval is still recovering from season-ending shoulder surgery but should be ready for spring training.
Aug 13 - 10:20 PM

Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) will begin "light baseball activities" on Monday.

He's six weeks removed from shoulder surgery. Sandoval is slightly ahead of schedule but is still expected to miss the rest of the 2016 season. The 29-year-old has hit just .242 since joining the Red Sox in 2015.
Jun 16 - 6:05 PM

Red Sox transferred 3B Pablo Sandoval from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Sean O'Sullivan. Sandoval is out for the season following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
May 6 - 3:41 PM

Pablo Sandoval underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Just as many national media members had been reporting. Sandoval appeared in only three games this season for the Red Sox after showing up to camp out of shape and losing his starting third base job to Travis Shaw. He is still owed $58 million guaranteed.
May 3 - 4:16 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM that Pablo Sandoval's left shoulder surgery was scheduled for Tuesday morning.

The Red Sox haven't released any specifics, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that the procedure included a repair of a labrum tear and cleanup of his rotator cuff. The expectation is that he'll the entire 2016 season. Sandoval is still owed $53 million from 2017-2019 with $17 million club option or a $5 million buyout for 2020.
May 3 - 1:15 PM

Pablo Sandoval needs reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported Monday night that the surgery is "significant" and the odds are against Sandoval playing this season, so Olney's report appears to jibe with that. The 29-year-old has received all sorts of criticism for his level of fitness, but his situation is much more complicated. The big question is what sort of future Sandoval has in Boston. He still has three guaranteed years (and $58 million) on his contract. The Red Sox will have the DH spot open after David Ortiz retires, so that could be where Sandoval slots in if healthy in 2017. A change of scenery might be the best for all involved, but the Red Sox would have to pick up most of his remaining contract for anyone to take a chance on him.
May 3 - 8:52 AM

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe hears from a source that Pablo Sandoval faces "significant" surgery on his left shoulder.

The Red Sox have yet to announce the details of the surgery, but Abraham hears that the "odds are against" Sandoval playing this season. The Red Sox haven't missed him in the early part of the season, as Travis Shaw has taken advantage of regular playing time at third base by batting .322/.390/.533 over 25 games. For what it's worth, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that Sandoval's contract with the Red Sox is not insured. The first two years of his contract have been a disaster.
May 2 - 8:13 PM

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