Why Boston Should Do What It Takes To Sign Pablo Sandoval: He Could Eventually Replace Ortiz!
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Picture the year 2017 when David Ortiz may finally retire,, Who will be the Designated Hitter for the Boston Red Sox? They will be huge shoes to fill, for what has been a great advantage over the rest of the American League for the last dozen years.
There is no coincidence that Boston finally kicked their 86 year drought, and have enjoyed 3 World Series Titles since “Big Papi” entered the scene.
If you think about it for a second, Kung-Fu Panda and Ortiz have a lot in common. Both have won 3 World Series, and have been integral parts of the offenses that brought home the titles.
Both don’t look like they are athletes considering their body frames, however these guys have provided the most clutch hits in the sport for the last 10 years.
The Boston Red Sox need to add hitters to their lineup for sure. Yes right now they have Yoenis Cespedes to hit behind Ortiz, however he will be taking his talents to Free Agency after this next campaign.
Inking the 3B would create even more tradeable pieces to add in a deal to acquire another Starting Pitcher ace.
I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Red Sox were to make an attempt to acquire a starter for the rotation like a Gio Gonzalez, or a Jeff Samardzija. They have plenty of what those teams are seeking for a potential transfer.
Sandoval does come with a pricetag of a 1st RD Draft pick, but that is something that shouldn’t discourage the Boston franchise.
Sandoval has proven he can hit at the most optimum time of the baseball season. At age 28 next year, any team signing him long-term has to be cautious in signing him to a multi-year deal based on his weight fluctuation,
As for me, I think he is better suited to be in the American League long term.
The only National League club that should even consider making him an offer are the San Francisco Giants, albeit I would not grant him any more than 4 – 5 seasons, and I would certainly not give him more money than what the club re-signed Hunter Pence for.
Sandoval is a marketable commodity in the BAY Area.
If Boston is able to bring in the 2014 World Series hot corner fielder, than it brings so many more assets the club can use to acquire more players they need,
There are not too many teams that can afford the Panda either. As we went through all of the DH positions in the AL in an article here. The same thing can be said for the American League 3B.
Rule out the Mariners, Rangers and A’s immediately for the position of 3B. Kyle Seager, Josh Donaldson and Adrian Beltre aren’t going anywhere. The same can be said for the Orioles, who have Manny Machado coming back. I doubt teams like KC/HOU/TB/CLE and MIN will break their fiscal responsibility to make a dash for the Panda either.
Los Angeles Angels could make a pitch for them, but that would put them over the Luxury Tax Threshold, as would him going to the Tigers be a massive shock, with too many dollars being given to their best players already.
The Blue Jays would not likely be a player, although they could certainly use him to hit in their roster,
We have already talked at length about Boston.. New York seems to be more of entering the sweepstakes of the Chase Headley market.
I guess the White Sox may decide to enter the Panda market now that Victor Martinez has been taken off of the market. The Pale Hose have both a need for a DH, and Sandoval would be an offensive upgrade over Conor Gillaspie, and could also be the primary DH on the squad.
Again, that seems like a longshot at best. It will come down to either the Giants or the Red Sox – and I think the Giants will ultimately find a way to bring the Panda back..
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Posted on November 15, 2014, in Free Agency, MLB Player Profiles and tagged 2012 world series, 2014 world series, boston red sox, brock holt, carl yastrzemski, chase headley, cole hamels, Conor Gillaspie, david ortiz, detroit tigers, gio gonzalez, hunter pence, james shields, jeff samardzija, jon lester, josh donaldson, kansas city royals, kyle seager, mike napoli, Mookie Betts, pablo sandoval, san francisco giants, shane victorino, ted williams, victor martinez, will middlebrooks. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Why Boston Should Do What It Takes To Sign Pablo Sandoval: He Could Eventually Replace Ortiz!.