Pablo Sandoval's first season with the Red Sox was the worst of his career. His .245 batting average was his lowest ever, and his 10 home runs, 47 RBI and 43 runs were low-water marks amongst his seven full major league seasons. Even before heading to Boston, Sandoval was a fringy option for standard mixed league owners, and last season's decline injects a new layer of risk for any owner who drafts him. Sandoval should clearly be avoided in standard mixed leagues, but he still has some appeal as a late-round option in deeper mixed league formats.
Sandoval has lost 20-22 pounds this winter, according to manager John Farrell, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. It sounds like Sandoval has committed to improving his physical fitness as he enters Year 2 of a five-year, $95 million pact with Boston, but we won't be able to see the fruits of his labor until Grapefruit League play begins. The 29-year-old's biggest issue last year was against left-handed pitching, as he posted a sub-.500 OPS against southpaws with zero home runs. His fantasy stock is down significantly from a year ago as a result, but Sandoval is locked in as the Red Sox's primary third baseman entering camp.
Sandoval (pneumonia) has been able to participate in full offseason workouts, Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports. After missing the end of the 2015 season with pneumonia, it seems Sandoval has made a full recovery. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has been talking highly of Sandoval for his conditioning efforts and believes he is in for a better 2016 season after struggling in the first year of his contract with the Red Sox. The 29-year-old had career lows in home runs, RBI, and batting average in 2015.
Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval (pneumonia) will not return this season, Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. It was revealed earlier in the week that Sandoval was diagnosed with pneumonia, and rather than try to get him back to full strength for the final few games, the Red Sox will just shut him down and cast and eye toward 2016. Year 1 of Sandoval's five-year pact with Boston was a disaster, as the 29-year-old posted career-worst marks in pretty much every major statistical category.
Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been diagnosed with pneumonia, and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain, Michael Silverman of The Boston Herald reports. Sandoval will be reevaluated Saturday, so consider him sidelined at least until that day. The Red Sox will update his status after he is checked out Saturday, but the team will not have much incentive to start him again this season, so don't be surprised if he is ruled out until 2016.
Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval (illness) is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Rays, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Sandoval was expected to miss a few days with an upper-respiratory infection, so it's not a huge surprise that he will skip Wednesday's contest. Deven Marrero will replace him at third base again, batting eighth for the Red Sox.
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