The day is finally here. We won’t have Pablo Sandoval to kick around any more. Today the Kung Fu Panda was designated for assignment, presumably to the spirit realm, ending a disastrous 2.5-year stint in Boston that will nonetheless keep him quite rich:
Red Sox are paying Pablo Sandoval $50,130,864.20 to go away.— Michael Dyer (@Mike_Dyer13) July 14, 2017
This after paying him $44,869,135.80 for a .646 OPS and -2.0 WAR over 161 gms
Get that money, sir. Sandoval was set to come off the disabled list, and Boston wasn’t having any of it and finally cut bait. It was a long time coming, and while it always seemed bad, the Sox weren’t the only ones who talked themselves into him in 2013, just the best at it:
As bad as things have been for the #SFGiants, they should consider themselves lucky Pablo Sandoval passed on their 5-yr, $95M offer in 2014.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 14, 2017
The Red Sox have 10 days to trade or release Sandoval (so, the latter), who hit .237/.286/.360 over 161 games with the team and .212/.269/.354 this year, both of which were very bad! He was also terrible on defense and on the bases, because he has always been well-rounded.
Twitter was happy:
THE RED SOX JUST ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAVE DESIGNATED PABLO SANDOVAL FOR ASSIGNMENT!! THERE IS A GOD!! WHAT A DAY!! WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!!— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) July 14, 2017
"Pablo Sandoval has been designated for assignment." pic.twitter.com/m5u6xFuWxB— Austin J. Eich (@Eich_AJ) July 14, 2017
Live look at Pablo Sandoval being told he's been DFA'd by the Red Sox pic.twitter.com/zTml27x37c— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) July 14, 2017
In most cases I would consider this piling on, but there hasn’t been a lick of real news for days, so crazy, Red Sox Nation. Get ready for the Todd Frazier show, maybe? Share your Sandoval lowlight below. Happy Monday!