Was Pablo Sandoval A Good Signing For Boston?
The Boston Red Sox made some pretty huge splashes this past offseason by signing two of the biggest free agents in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. The Red Sox were trying to revamp their team after finishing dead last in the American League East, just a season after winning a World Championship.
Baseball experts, including myself, had these Red Sox pegged to win the AL East because everyone thought that the front office and manager John Farrell would have this team primed and ready to compete for another championship. The team started off playing pretty good baseball, but they have just slumped off into their old ways. The team finds themselves in last place in the AL East at 31-40, 9 games behind division leading Tampa Bay.
Coming into the year, the Red Sox were hoping to get some solid offensive production because their pitching staff was going to be sub-par, which it currently is. The Red Sox lost Jon Lester and John Lackey from last season because they decided to have a fire sale toward the July trade deadline last year because of how horrible they were playing. The pitching staff is currently ranked 28th in baseball in total team ERA.
The offense has also struggled mightily thus far in 2015. They are currently ranked 15th in baseball in offensive production, but they would like to be higher with all the talent they have. They would especially like some more production from third baseman Sandoval.
Sandoval was a huge free agent coming off of the Giants World Series victory over the Kansas City Royals. When they signed Sandoval, Red Sox nation was hoping that he could help lead them to another championship but it is looking like he won’t be doing that in 2015 because he is underproducing.
The biggest question that the baseball community has is, was Sandoval a good signing for Boston?
Sandoval is currently batting .270 with 6 home runs and 23 RBI. Sandoval has never been one to hit 30 home runs and 100 RBI in a season, but you do expect a little more when you are paying someone $17.6 million a year.
Sandoval was recently benched for participating on social media while a ball game was in progress, which has gotten a lot of attention focused on the third baseman because of his lack of production and lack of enthusiasm toward the game.
I personally think that Sandoval was a bad signing for the Red Sox because he has had history of being an unenthusiastic player who doesn’t have a strong work ethic. I just don’t see how you could spend $17.6 million on a player who is lazy and underperforms.
If I was a Red Sox fan, I would not be happy with upper management on this signing.
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