Pablo Sandoval designated for assignment by Red Sox

Pablo Sandoval designated for assignment by Red Sox

The Red Sox are still somewhat banged up, with Marco Hernandez, Tyler Thornburg, and Steven Wright done for the season, Roenis Elias trending in that direction, and Carson Smith still up in the air.

He must see the writing on the wall. Sandoval, who put together several fine seasons with the San Francisco Giants before coming over to the American League, is 1.5 years into a five-year, $95 million deal.

Drew Pomeranz starts for Boston against New York lefty Jordan Montgomery.

The Red Sox announced Friday they have designated third basemen Pablo Sandoval for assignment. Two days off may not be all that much in the most basic sense, but it felt like an eternity.

It proved more challenging than he imagined.

1 prospect is moving on up. In what can only be described as Yankees magic, the team rallied and completed the five-game sweep and outscored Boston 49-26, essentially putting the division out of the Red Sox's reach. Unfortunately, they're 11-18 since then, while the Red Sox have gone 18-12. Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi, and Hanley Ramirez all had slow starts (and Xander Bogaerts has slumped of late), and they haven't come close to replacing David Ortiz.

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Though Friday's move cemented the Sandoval contract's place among the worst in the history of baseball, it was a move the Red Sox had to make. But it wouldn't be much. "But I'm going to have a new one here".

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Sandoval was also a constant distraction for the team.

The Cardinals are responsible for the remainder of his $10 million salary this season. And having that type of success he's had offensively is awesome. In short, he has been dominant (and, yes, that includes his loss to the Yankees back in April, when he went 8 IP, allowing 8 H, 3 R, and 0 BB, while striking out 10).

Boston's two wins could be big or small, but one thing in them will be certain.

In terms of his contract, the Red Sox will have paid $95M for $22M in on-field value.