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Pablo Sandoval
Birthdate: 8/11/1986 (30 y, 7 m, 12 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 5-11/255     Position: 3B
Contract: $95M / 5 Years (2015 - 2019) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Sandoval went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in Saturday's game against the Twins. (3/18/2017)
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Profile: There was a lot of pressure on Pablo Sandoval entering 2016, due to his struggles in his debut season in Boston and the emergence of Travis Shaw. Sandoval began the season behind Shaw, and eventually played only three games before suffering a shoulder sprain which eventually led to season ending surgery. With Shaw now in Milwaukee and Yoan Moncada with the White Sox, third base in Boston is now again Sandoval's. The fact that he has nobody breathing down his neck is probably a positive, as he is at least assured playing time for those considering adding him. He is said to (again) be taking his weight seriously and is currently under 250 lbs. A lighter Sandoval is most likely a better Sandoval, both health wise and defensively. At just 30-years-old, it is possible for Sandoval to regain the form he had prior to joining the Red Sox. That form is good, but not great. He could receive a boost from playing in Fenway, but the fact of the matter is Sandoval is a power limited third baseman with weight issues, a low walk rate, and no speed. This makes him useful in only deep leagues entering draft day. 

The Quick Opinion: Sandoval has had a terrible start to his five year deal, but with Travis Shaw and Yoan Moncada being moved this winter, he will begin the year as the team's outright starter. The issue is, even when healthy, Sandoval lacks the speed, plate discipline, and power to be a quality fantasy player. 

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