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There is little doubt that desperation is playing a role in the Boston Red Sox rebuild – or as team president and CEO Larry Lucchino would say “reloading” – this offseason. Just 13 months removed from a ridiculous run from worst to first and a stunning 3rd World Series title in the last decade in 2013, the Sox fortunes sank quickly in ‘14 and now general manager Ben Cherington finds himself searching for answers for a team that been in the basement 2 out of the last 3 years.
If he thinks that one of the answers to the sad state of affairs for the Sox is signing the 3-time World Series Champion with the San Francisco Giants and the man the fans in the Bay area lovingly refer to as the Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval, he is most certainly mistaken.
Even if you overlook Sandoval’s struggles with his weight and the fact that it is not always a wise investment to give a guy that doesn’t take great care of himself a boatload of cash – hello, Prince Fielder – there is that nagging trend of decreasing performance that has taken place over the last 3 seasons.
Since 2012 his OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) has steadily gone down from .789 in ’12, to .758 in ’13, to .739 last season. During that 3 year stretch he hasn’t hit more than 16 home runs and his highest runs batted in total has been 79. Continue reading The Red Sox should pass on the Panda