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Commentary: Sox aren’t so cozy with ‘Panda’s’ weight

Trevor Morris

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Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval lost roughly twenty pounds since the last game he played for Boston in the 2015 season, according to manager John Farrell.

“I just do my work, try to do everything I can out there” said Sandoval to reporters at the Red Sox spring training facility in Fort Meyers, Fla. “I don’t weigh at all in the whole offseason. I just try to get better, be in a better position and, like I say, be an athlete.”

However, Sandoval’s weight loss may now become a liability for the team.

Although, Sandoval and Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski disagree.

“I’m not concerned, we were watching him very closely all winter. We had people with him at least once a week,” Dombrowski told the Boston Globe on Tuesday. “The goal was for Pablo to get in better overall condition and I feel like he did improve.”

Dombrowski told USA Today reporters that Sandoval has always had the heavier body type and the team only wanted him to be prepared for spring training, which Dombrowski said he was.

“He’s never going to be svelte,” said Dombrowski. “We know that.”

Dombrowski told reporters that Sandoval has been this heavy his entire career and it has seemed to work out just fine in the past.

“They call him ‘Panda Bear’ for a reason,” said Dombrowski.

Sandoval said the team never told him to shed a few pounds.

“I don’t try to lose weight or nothing. I just do my work, feel better,” Sandoval told reporters Sunday. “I don’t weigh in at all, I just do my work, try to do everything I can. I don’t weigh in all offseason. I just try to get better, be in better position, be an athlete.”

Yet it doesn’t look so great for the three-time World Series champion as his stats sit a career low of .245/.292/.366—showing that Sandoval may be becoming a shell of himself.

The fear is that Sandoval may not be able to regain the skills he showed in 2014 with the World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants. This fear could make him a waste of the five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox. This money could have gone to the much-needed improvement of the team’s pitching.

The weight is only just the tip of the iceberg. If he cannot prove he can be the 2014 version of himself this season, Sandoval’s days in Boston may be numbered.

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