Why Boston Should Do What It Takes To Sign Pablo Sandoval: He Could Eventually Replace Ortiz!

Pablo Sandoval is a hitter out of his mind for his playoff career. How does a 3 Slash Line of .344/.389/.545 sound? His OPS of .935 is 124 PTS higher than his totals in the regular season. "Kung-Fu Panda" has added 6 HRs and 20 RBI in his 154 AB. Included in his numbers, were a historical Game #1 of the 2012 World Series, where he clubbed 3 HRs en route to sweeping the Tigers can roll out.   There is no doubt that when the game is on the line he has been proven clutch.  Boston should think of him as a possible long term replacement for Ortiz, meanwhile he would be a big jolt out for the 3B position on Boston right now.

Pablo Sandoval is a hitter out of his mind for his playoff career. How does a 3 Slash Line of .344/.389/.545 sound? His OPS of .935 is 124 PTS higher than his totals in the regular season. “Kung-Fu Panda” has added 6 HRs and 20 RBI in his 154 AB. Included in his numbers, were a historical Game #1 of the 2012 World Series, where he clubbed 3 HRs en route to sweeping the Tigers can roll out. This latest World Series triumph, the rotund 3B set a playoff record with 26 base knocks (hitting .366 – with a .423 OBP for the October season). There is no doubt that when the game is on the line he has been proven clutch. Boston should think of him as a possible long-term DH replacement for Ortiz, meanwhile he would be a big jolt out for the 3B position on Boston right now.  Signing him would free the franchise up with several infielders if they were so inclined to pull off a trade with the likes of Mookie Betts, Will Middlebrooks and Brock Holt. Perhaps they could receive a Starting Pitcher for these guys.

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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.

Can the Beantowners count on a comeback year for Allen Craig or Shane Victorino?

Inking the 3B would create even more tradeable pieces to add in a deal to acquire another Starting Pitcher ace.

David Ortiz has been the quintessential DH in the AL over the last 12 years.  Boston is in contention perennially because he put up great #s compared to his competition.  With all of the teams imploring several employees to scouting staffs - trying to find advantages to bring to Major League Lineups - why aren't teams focusing on the DH position more.  Ortiz has been a full time DH since joining the Red Sox, and has been instrumental in the club bringing home 3 World Series Titles.  In fact, the only time the team has struggled in the last decade, was if "Big Papi" is hurt or struggling.  Ortiz put himself on a short list of Red Sox sluggers who have hit 400+ HR in a Boston uniform last year - joining Ted Williams  and Yaz.  Ortiz has not sjown signs of slowing down.

David Ortiz has been the quintessential DH in the AL over the last 12 years. Boston is in contention perennially because he put up great #s compared to his competition. With all of the teams imploring several employees to scouting staffs – trying to find advantages to bring to Major League Lineups – why aren’t teams focusing on the DH position more. Ortiz has been a full time DH since joining the Red Sox, and has been instrumental in the club bringing home 3 World Series Titles. In fact, the only time the team has struggled in the last decade, was if “Big Papi” is hurt or struggling. Ortiz put himself on a short list of Red Sox sluggers who have hit 400+ HR in a Boston uniform last year – joining Ted Williams and Yaz. Ortiz has not sjown signs of slowing down, however having a player like Sandoval slide into his role, with Kung-Fu’s equally impressive playoff resume, would behoove this franchise.

Mookie Betts, Brock Holt and Will Middlebrooks could be used along with a stable of young chuckers, to throw towards what could be a deal for a pitcher like Cole Hamels.

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.

The club will also continue to make plays on Free Agents like Jon Lester, James Shields and look to solidify their Relief Core with a late inning arm here or there on the open market.

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..

Sandoval will likely re-sign with the Giants because his name value and recognition with marketing branding, probably makes enough business sense to retain "Kung Fu Panda".  Secretly, the Giants could ink him for a 6 Year deal right now, and after 2 - 3 seasons, could orchestrate a trade to an American League club once the team may not be as competitive one age kicks in.  At 31, it would be about the time that he should be a full time DH.  Again, he could be a Boston Red Sox for 2017 either way.

Sandoval will likely re-sign with the Giants because his name value and recognition with marketing branding, probably makes enough business sense to retain “Kung Fu Panda”. Secretly, the Giants could ink him for a 6 Year deal right now, and after 2 – 3 seasons, could orchestrate a trade to an American League club once the team may not be as competitive one age kicks in. At 31, it would be about the time that he should be a full time DH. Again, he could be a Boston Red Sox for 2017 either way.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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