Red Sox Talk: The Impending Pablo Sandoval Problem Is Descending On Dave Dombrowski
The Boston Red Sox are running out of time in regards to Pablo Sandoval.
The hefty third basemen have been rehabbing in AAA-Pawtucket after being placed on the 7-day-dl with an inner ear infection. An injury that was a clear sign of Boston wanting to get him out of town.
Sandoval has been playing for Pawtucket since being assigned for rehab on June 27th. Since that time he has had 40 at-bats batting .225 with a home run and 2 RBIs.
Per Article XIX-C of the CBA, a batter assigned to rehab can only be there for 20 days. For Sandoval that day is July 17th, a date that he has to either be activated or go on the dl again with another injury.
Boston cannot DFA Sandoval unless he approves it, this is because he has accrued too much Major League Service Time. Another option is a trade.
But Sandoval is owed $53 million after this season until his contract is up in 2021 at 34-years-old. On top of that, he has a modified no-trade clause in his contract that includes 3 unknown teams.
He does have a $5 million buyout option in the 2020 season so, in theory, the lowest owed to him after this season is $48 million. But that number is still next to unmovable.
Boston has until that July 17th date, but with Devan Marrero and Tzu-wei Lin filling in nicely at third base, there is no reason for Sandoval to be with the team. Brock Holt and Josh Rutledge are both rehabbing their way back to the Majors and both can play third. For Boston, the move that makes sense is a Sandoval 60-day-dl.
For Boston, the move that makes sense is a Sandoval 60-day-dl.