Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
22 hours ago

Sandoval had a home run in three plate appearances batting right-handed Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Sandoval's identified as a switch-hitter, but he had just two hits in 43 at-bats against left-handers and abandoned the practice of batting from the right side in 2015. He plans to go back to switch-hitting this season, however, his early spring returns haven't been very good (1-for-8). Hitting from the left side of the plate against right-handed pitchers has presented little challenge for Sandoval this spring. He's batting .400 (16-for-40) with a .750 slugging percentage, three home runs, five doubles and 15 RBI.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
1 week ago

Sandoval went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in Saturday's game against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Sandoval is now hitting .333 (13-for-39) with three homers and 11 RBI. while he's handled all 25 chances in the field flawlessly. Manager John Farrell has yet to anoint Sandoval the starting third baseman but that appears to just a matter of time. Farrell said third base was an open competition at the start of training camp, but in reality it was Sandoval's job to lose.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
3 weeks ago

Sandoval is a "much different player" this year than he was during last year's spring training, according to Boston manager John Farrell, Tim Britton of the Providence Journla reports. "He's shown more in the first week of games than he did all of last spring," Farrell said.

EDGE Analysis

Even before mentioning Sandoval's exploits on offense -- the third baseman is 5-for-12 with two doubles and a few notable hustle plays through four games -- Farrell cited the improved defensive range Sandoval's exhibited this spring. Lost amid the criticism he absorbed for his offensive woes since joining Boston, Sandoval's defense was atrocious during his first full season with the Red Sox. Farrell believes the player's improved conditioning has contributed to the overall improvement in his performance. While the third-base job remains a competition in theory, Sandoval will have to be awful to begin the season on the bench.

Pablo Sandoval
3B BOS
1 month 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
1 month 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 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
3 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.