Free Agent Profile & Prediction #36: Pablo Sandoval

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 16: Po attends the premiere of DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox’s ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The three time World Series champion, and recipient of one of the worst contracts in recent history with the Red Sox back in 2015, coming off of his third title, signed to a five year 95 million dollar contract. Sandoval was an absolute swashbuckler, as he robbed the Red Sox of their money, and in his three seasons (only 3 games in 2016 due to injury) never had an OPS over .700, and then once he was done in Boston, he proceeded to get released and re-signed by the Giants, and then had two seasons of average to above average production. Sandoval’s prime was Guerrero esc, as he was a free swinger, with plenty of pop and the ability to get top any pitch in any zone. 2019 saw Sandoval have a great bounce back season for San Francisco, seeing his OPS+ end up at 113, and his Barrel percentage return to where it was at during his prime years in 2010-2014, at 11.4 percent. In 2020, Sandoval saw limited playing time, between 33 games with San Francisco and 1 game with the Atlanta Braves, and hit a career low .549 OPS, that saw his power numbers drop.

For being a large individual, Sandoval actually played pretty decent third base is the earlier seasons of his career, but has not has a positive DRS season there since 2014, having a career -27 DRS and -7.3 UZR. First base is much more forgiving to Sandoval in his career in less playing time, he has totaled 4 DRS for his career and -0.4 UZR.

Sandoval will be a minor league signee without a doubt in my mind, and there is a possibility he does not get picked up this offseason, but I think some team will give him a Spring Training chance

These are the teams I believe are in contention for Sandoval: Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Pablo Sandoval signs a Minor League deal with the Milwaukee Brewers

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .225/.295/.320 .615 OPS 1 HR 8 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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