Boston Red Sox officially release 3B Pablo Sandoval

BOSTON, MA - JULY 07: Pablo Sandoval
BOSTON, MA - JULY 07: Pablo Sandoval /

The Boston Red Sox have officially released third baseman Pablo Sandoval, ending his terrible tenure with the team.

Finally, the Pablo Sandoval era has come to an end with the Boston Red Sox.

FINALLY! As a Red Sox fan, I feel like we have been waiting forever for the Sandoval saga to come to an end. Rejoice! We no longer have to deal with any more Panda news.

The Red Sox released the news of Sandoval’s release with one simple tweet.

Sandoval’s Numbers in Boston

Sandoval did not impress while with the Boston Red Sox when he was able to stay healthy.

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2015: 126 games, .245 BA, 10 HR, 47 RBI

2015 was Pablo Sandoval’s first and best season in Boston. He was able to stay on the field for the majority of the season, appearing in 126 games. He hit just .245, but many hoped that he would improve for 2016 as he adjusted to playing in Boston. Sadly, that never panned out.

2016: 3 games, .000 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBI

2016 was horrendous for Panda. Of course, you remember the broken belt swing. He appeared in only three games early in the season before going on to the DL for the remainder of the year.

2017: 32 games, .212 BA, 4 HR, 12 RBI

There wasn’t much hope for Sandoval this season. Manager John Farrell gave him plenty of chances to stick, but Sandoval couldn’t get things going. Thankfully, the team finally realized that they need to eat his contract cost and move on at third.

What Now?

Pablo Sandoval is now free to sign with any other MLB ballclub, though I’m not too sure who would want him. The Red Sox will continue to platoon at third base unless they make a trade before the deadline. While Todd Frazier seemed to be a target, he was traded to the Yankees instead. Boston could still have their eye on Oakland’s Jed Lowrie or San Diego’s Yangervis Solarte. Personally, I’d love to see Soalrte in a Red Sox uniform.

Next: Could the Sox trade for Jed Lowrie?

Where do you think the Red Sox will go now with the 3B position? Is a trade imminent or will the team continue to platoon until they have confidence in calling up Rafael Devers? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @CandCFansided!