Sunday, November 09, 2014

The foggy Sandoval future

 It's strange to have a guy who's demonstrably better during the post-season. Joaquin Arias and Matt Duffy seem to be the alternatives right now.

One thing that's interesting -- Sandoval did not get hurt this year for a change.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has a loooooonnng post about the future of Sandoval. My guess is that he'll see how much the Bosox are willing to offer. Here's part of it -- 

Three World Series rings. Postseason hero. Lovable nickname (Kung Fu Panda) complete with fans who wear panda masks during his at-bats.
But the Red Sox have interest in the 28-year-old free agent third baseman, and after contacting Sandoval’s representatives have scheduled a meeting between the parties at next week’s general managers’ meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to a major league source.
Sandoval owns a .426 average in three World Series, with a 1.162 OPS. His postseason numbers — .344 average and .935 OPS — outshine his regular-season statistics.
Sandoval doesn’t turn 29 until Aug. 11, which is attractive for a team looking for a position player long term.
The Red Sox are in need of a lefthanded hitter. Sandoval is a switch-hitter whose 2014 splits favor the left side (.317 to .199), but he did have two key righthanded hits in the recent World Series.
He’s listed at 5 feet 11 inches and 245 pounds, but appears heavier. Sandoval dropped about 30 pounds between the end of 2013 and spring training, but according to one Giants official he gained at least 20 pounds back during the season.
When Sandoval’s weight is under control, he’s a very good third baseman. When he’s heavier, his quickness fades. The Red Sox don’t want to sign him just as a future replacement for Ortiz at DH; they want him for third base. Sandoval’s weight fluctuation is a big reason the Giants haven’t already committed to him. They don’t have a DH fallback.

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