Let’s face it, the Red Sox have a ton of problems. The priority of this team in the offseason should have been locking in Lester and a #2 pitchers, instead they went big on a third basemen and a left fielder who by the way, has never played left field. They locked $183 Million into these two players and it was a crap shoot gone bad. Sandoval has been horrendous out of the gate, between the lack of hitting and the errors at 3B costing games (see last nights highlights), he has been a horrible signing for the Red Sox. Why not hold onto Middlebrooks, who was making just about the league minimum and putting up the same, if not better numbers? Brock Holt?
Sandoval is on track to have his worst production numbers in Homerun’s, Batting Average, On Base Percentage, OPS, Total Bases, Hits, and RBI’s in his career (the list goes on). No one was expecting Sandoval to be a 30-40+ home run hitter, because thats not who he is, but the proof is in the pudding, his numbers have consistently dropped each of the last 5 seasons. Hanley is getting a pass right now because he’s A. playing a new position that he didnt necessarily ask for and B. sustained a shoulder injury that he is most likely recovering from.. So for now he gets a TBD.
Sandoval was plain and simply a “nice to have” instead of a “need to have”. We did not need him. Brock Holt is embarrassing Sandoval across the board in nearly every stat. The kid just needs playing time… (Oh and by the way, only makes $530,500)
This team has dumped way too much money into places they didn’t necessarily need and not enough money into pitching. We have 5 number 3 starters, a bullpen that has not been reliable, and a closer that has been non existent. Team ERA, 4.53 = NOT GOOD.
Chalk up another bad deal made by Ben Cherington…
Eduardo Rodriguez may be the only answer right now to Cheringtons detractors. The kid was a stud in his debut, we shall see!