Pablo Sandoval’s Days In Boston Numbered?
A report emerged this afternoon from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe on the San Diego Padres taking a close look at Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
Boston is also said to have reportedly contacted San Diego on the availability of some of their starting pitchers. The Padres were interested in Sandoval when he was a free agent, and have a glaring hole at third base as we inch closer to Opening Day.
Beyond David Price, the Red Sox have major questions with their starting rotation, adding his former teammate and good friend, James Shields, would certainly alleviate some of those concerns. Shields is the horse behind Price that Boston may need to get over the hump and back atop the AL East.
A trade swapping these two makes perfect sense, and may have even been discussed last August when Dave Dombrowski first took the reigns as the President of Baseball Operations in Boston. This off-season if you’ll recall, the two teams did business in a major-trade that sent flame-thrower Craig Kimbrel to the Sox in exchange for a slew of prospects.
Both players in this proposed deal have a great deal of money remaining on their respective deals. Sandoval is owed over $77 million guaranteed with an option for 2020 worth $17 million. The 34-year-old Shields on the other hand, is owed $65 million and has an option for 2019 worth $16 million. Certainly, there would have to be other moving parts to the deal, prospects and cash, but a change of scenery could be just what both players and teams could use to fortify their roster for the coming season.
Boston has Travis Shaw, along with Brock Holt, who could come in and immediately fill the void at third base. With the injury to Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox could use all the quality arms in their rotation as necessary. James Shields has a career 127-97 record with a 3.74 ERA and 1,842 strikeouts. Oh and by the way, he has logged over 200-innings in nine consecutive seasons, all but his rookie year.
Pablo Sandoval for James Shields almost makes too much sense for both clubs. It’s up to A.J. Preller and Dave Dombrowski now to work out the details and get this thing done, I hope.
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