Sandoval designated for assignment

Sandoval designated for assignment

Teams that need that extra player will take a chance on bad health, bad temperament, bad numbers and a bad contract hoping that somehow all the possible negatives will vaporize.

The Yankees, who had a great - and surprising - start, have gone 7-18 under an avalanche of injuries in their last 25, as the Red Sox rallied from 21-21 to win 29 of their next 47.

On top of being rested following the All-Star Break, the Yankees can take solace in the fact that of the four Red Sox pitchers they will face, they have achieved wins against three of them already this season.

Panda-mania is over in Boston before it ever really began. He slumped in the second half last season (.253) and is only hitting.143 in July.

But few contracts go as terribly from the get-go as Sandoval's.

So it's not like the San Francisco Giants knew a downfall was coming, but it certainly seems to be a fortunate decision not to outmatch the Red Sox' offer.

Hopeful that a healthy Sandoval could still help the team, the Red Sox gave him his job back at third base. Given that opportunity, he proceeded to hit.212/.269/.354 over 108 plate appearances, interrupted by knee problems that cost him all of May.

Sandoval only played 161 games after signing him to a five-year, 95$ million deal in 2014. He should be fresh for the second half.

However, that wasn't exactly the case with Pablo Sandoval. Sale also became the 16th pitcher to start two consecutive All-Star games and he proved why he is worthy of a start every year.

A two-time All-Star, Sandoval has hit.285 with 120 home runs and 521 RBIs in 1,030 career major league games. Source for Williams and Yawkey Quotes.

Dave Dombrowski is set to address the media this afternoon. But it's true. The past, the time of celebrating just getting to the World Series, is over. Egan also claimed that the New York Yankees had offered up DiMaggio and several other players. With a recent arrest of Red Sox's former number one draft pick's father (on drugs and weapon charges) and the rumor of Red Sox having a strong interest in Pat Neshek - they have always managed to be in the limelight.

The Red Sox made that bet on Sandoval and lost badly. Besides this situation, here are two things to watch throughout the end of the season. He had been on an injury rehab assignment for an inner ear infection with Triple-A Pawtucket. That's the beauty of free agency.

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