With Pablo Sandoval’s rehab stint wraping up shortly in Pawtucket, it’s time for the Boston Red Sox to move on from the mistake that was “The Panda.”
Of course, if you are a Red Sox fan you are aware of the rotating bodies at the third base position, with the recent ones being Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero.
I think it’s important to take a second to list all of the Major League capable third basemen the Boston Red Sox have. There’s a shit ton…
- Tzu-Wei Lin
- Deven Marrero
- Pablo Sandoval (Rehab)
- Jhonny Peralta
- Steve Selsky
- Ryan Court
- Matt Dominguez
- Jantzen Witte
- Brock Holt (Rehab)
- Rafael Devers (Top Prospect)
- Marco Hernandez
- Josh Rutledge
(Yes, some of these players are utility players, but have all played 3B)
The glaring problem is Sandoval’s inefficiencies, if he was living up to his contract, none of this would obviously be a problem. Clearly, that is not the case, given his numbers are atrocious.
Conversely, new starters Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero are hot of late:
Great, so just stick with the hot guys right? Well, sure but that means Sandoval is out of a roster spot. Then, either Holt or Rutledge is out once they come back from the DL. What about Peralta? You just signed him as another 3B option, he’s a veteran, and can’t be in AAA forever. There are so many young players at the 3B position in the Red Sox system. Devers is clearly the future, with plenty of other players proving their worth, whether it is Lin at the plate or Marrero with the glove.
The point being, the Red Sox now have to decide if they can trust the young guys to continue to produce, and stick to a 3B by committee riding the hot hand, or if they really want to give Sandoval another chance. Panda will be ending his DL stint shortly, which will call for Dave Dombrowski to make a decision about the future of the 3B position.
I have no answers for the team, it’s all about how they feel about each player at the position.
Lol. Cut Sandoval. Yesterday.
There’s no more “giving him a chance” or just “seeing what happens” with this guy. From liking pictures of Instagram models during the game or showing up way too heavy for camp, nothing good has come from the Sandoval era.
Now, with young guys waiting in the wings to at least play up to the level Sandoval has set, there is no reason to save a roster spot for him on this team. If anything, using a mix of utility players, like Holt and Rutledge, or ride the hot hand with Marrero and Lin to hold you over until top prospect Rafael Devers comes, and brings his impressive bat with him.
Hey Dave Dombrowski,