One of the worst signings in Red Sox free agent history is now over. The $95 million man is on his way out of Boston.
The Red Sox designated Pablo Sandoval for assignment on Friday, bringing an end to his time in Boston and punctuating one of the worst free agent deals in MLB history.
Sandoval is in the third year of the five-year, $95 million deal he signed after the 2014 season. He had played in just 32 games this year, and just 35 in the past two seasons.
He had been on the disabled list since mid-June and the Red Sox had to activate from his rehab stint in Pawtucket by Monday. With Sandoval contributing so little to the major league club, the Sox made the decision just to part ways and eat the remainder of his contract.
In 161 games with the Red Sox from 2015-2017, Sandoval hit .237 (136-for-575) with a .646 OPS. He missed 252 regular season games.
It’s over, it’s finally over. The worst contract ever is eaten by the Red Sox. I have this guy a chance, but time and time again he just made a fool of himself. The broken belt in Toronto did it for me. So embarrassing. Then he finally lost weight but stunk the joint up. Good riddance Pablo. Thanks for wasting our time and the teams money. I’d kill to have Travis Shaw back. Pablo Sandoval, the biggest fraud in baseball. As for the Red Sox, be smarter before you give a guy a monster contract who refused to sign a weight clause with the SF Giants.