Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
8 hours ago

Sandoval attempted to bunt his way on base during Saturday's game against the Twins in an effort to beat an infield shift.

EDGE Analysis

Sandoval was thrown out at first base, but he made it close play with his hustle down the line and earned a robust round of applause from the partisan fans at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers (Fla.). Beating infield shifts has been a point of emphasis during training camp and Sandoval took the initiative when an opportunity presented itself. The Red Sox don't want hi bunting to beat a shift every time he sees one, but the attempt was viewed positively by manager John Farrell.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
3 days ago

Sandoval cleanly fielded all three of his chances at third base and stretched a line-drive hit into a double during Thursday's exhibition game against Northeastern University.

EDGE Analysis

Sandoval is motivated to prove himself after a couple of disastrous seasons in Boston, so Thursday's display was very encouraging. He showed up to camp in better condition and Thursday's hustle-double was an extension of the offseason commitment he put into his body. While manager John Farrell is not going to hand him the starting job, Sandoval merely has to beat out utility players Brock Holt and Josh Rutledge. It would take a monumentally horrible spring for him to get beat out for the starting job at third base.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
1 week ago

Sandoval will not participate in the World Baseball Classic for Team Venezuela, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sandoval had been on Venezuela's provisional roster for the WBC and was hoping to participate in the tournament for a second time, but the Red Sox exercised their right to bar him from playing. The third baseman is coming off shoulder surgery and Boston withheld medical clearance. So, Sandoval will remain in spring training, where he can focus on the task of winning the starting third base job. Earlier this week, manager John Farrell said the job won't be handed to Sandoval, who will have competition from Brock Holt and Josh Rutledge.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
2 weeks ago

Sandoval won't be handed the starting third base job this spring, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boston manager John Farrell mentioned Brock Holt and Josh Rutledge as players who will compete with Sandoval, but the manager is pleased with Sandoval's attitude entering training camp. The 30-year-old third baseman re-dedicated himself during the past year, which ended early in April due to a shoulder injury. He's in better shape and motivated to win back the job he lost to Travis Shaw in spring training last year. Now with Shaw and prospect Yoan Moncada gone, there's a clear path the job for Sandoval, whose pedigree as a hitter is better than either Holt or Rutledge.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
2 weeks ago

Sandoval checked into Boston's training camp in Fort Myers (Fla.) on Thursday well ahead of the Feb. 17 reporting date, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sandoval had posted images of himself on Instagram during the offseason, showing off what appeared to be a slimmer physique. Thursday was the first time reporters got eyes on him in real life, and he appears to be somewhere between 25-30 pounds lighter than last season. He's taken a lot of heat for his weight since signing with Boston in 2015, but if he were producing, nobody would care. Prior to the shoulder injury that cost Sandoval all but three games in 2016, he had a .658 OPS in 2015. If that doesn't improve, he's not going to help offset the loss of David Ortiz in this lineup.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
2 months ago

Sandoval has spent the offseason working out at Boston's facilities in Fort Myers and is noticeably in better shape, Jen McCaffrey of MassLive reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sandoval recently posted some Instagram videos as proof of the work he's been putting in, performing various training activities from lifting weights, lunges and running a treadmill. The two-time All Star and owner of three World Series rings admitted to being complacent after signing a five-year deal with Boston, but used the downtime created by his season-ending shoulder surgery to take stock of his career. He's motivated to be a better on-field teammate and will get that chance as Boston's putative starter at third base in 2017.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
3 months ago

Sandoval becomes the leading candidate to be Boston's starting third baseman after the organization's recent acquisitions.

EDGE Analysis

Manager John Farrell said Sandoval will have to earn the job, but it's his to lose after the club traded Travis Shaw and Yoan Moncada in separate deals last week. The manager also has Brock Holt on hand for some duty at third base, but he's not a realistic full-time option at the position. Sandoval will have much to prove in 2017, the third season of a five-year deal the Red Sox are beginning to regret. There are a few prospects in the pipeline, but at best, none are closer than two years away.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
4 months ago

Sandoval (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

This latest news further encourages the expectation that Sandoval will be ready to participate in spring training. However, his role with the club has yet to be determined, as he'll have to compete with the likes of Yoan Moncada, Travis Shaw, and Brock Holt for his usual spot at third base.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
5 months ago

GM Dave Dombrowski expects Sandoval (shoulder) to be healthy when spring training begins next year, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sandoval's shoulder injury sidelined him for all but three games in 2016, but the setback is not expected to linger into next season at this time. While Sandoval should be healthy next spring and will be due $17.6 million in 2017, Dombrowski indicated that he will have to compete for the starting third-base job against a group of players that includes at least Yoan Moncada, Travis Shaw, and Brock Holt.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
5 months ago

Manager John Farrell said Saturday that a return for Sandoval (shoulder) this season has not been ruled out, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is certainly surprising, as it was announced back in May that Sandoval would be done for the year after undergoing surgery, but apparently he is well ahead of schedule in his recovery. That said, Sandoval has not yet played third base in the instructional league (only DH) and for fantasy purposes, this news is largely moot as it sounds like Sandoval only has a chance to be an option in October.