The $95 million man is on his way out of Boston.
Today, the Sox announced that they have designated Pablo Sandoval for assignment, effectively ending his tenure with the team. Now, the discussion will turn to where the Sandoval signing (five years, $95 million) ranks among the worst in Red Sox history.
Pomeranz had a somewhat rough outing against the Yankees on June 6; he only allowed 2 R (1 ER) in 5.0 IP, but it took him 123 pitches to finish those innings. As is the case with most meetings between the Yankees and Red Sox, this series is truly anybody's game and could simply come down to which team wants it more.
With Sandoval either hurt, out of shape or otherwise a drain on the lineup, the Red Sox have already tried six different starters, including him, at third base this season, none of whom proved to be a permanent solution.
On Friday, the Red Sox essentially acknowledged they had lost the bet, and it came with a staggering cost. To justify the contract, the Red Sox had to hope Sandoval, in no particular order, stayed healthy, stayed in shape, stayed productive and didn't hurt them defensively.
The MVP of the 2012 World Series after batting.500 with three homers in four games against Detroit, Sandoval was a star again while helping the Giants win the 2014 championship.
The Red Sox own an above average implied run total of 4.81 on Friday.
The Red Sox have ten days to try to trade Sandoval.
Also, expect a Rafael Devers call up to Pawtucket in the near future. 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).
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