The Boston Red Sox still have to figure out their third base situation, but their plans won’t involve Pablo Sandoval.
The club announced Friday that designated Sandoval for assignment after activating him from the 10-disabled list. The 30-year-old signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the team prior to the 2015 season and appeared in just 161 games for the Red Sox.
Sandoval was on the DL with an inner ear infection.
The Venezuela native’s time in Boston was tumultuous, as he underperformed despite his résumé as a three-time World Series champion and 2012 World Series MVP with the San Francisco Giants. Sandoval batted .237 (136-for-575) with a .646 OPS during his Red Sox tenure and batted .212 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 32 games this season.
The Red Sox now have 10 days to trade or release Sandoval.
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