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Pablo Sandoval (3B)

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By Clinton Ho, Red Sox Correspondent, Tue, Feb 17th 6:10pm EST

From a physical appearance standpoint, Pablo Sandoval has not missed any meals in the offseason. How much weight he loses from now til the start of the season will likely affect his play to a degree. (Source: Baseball Swag on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Panda has routinely packed on the pounds during his off time and he doesn't appear to be changing anything now that he's in Boston. He'll be counted on to be the nimble Panda at 3rd, but he's always been at his best when he's on the lighter side. Keep an eye on his physique leading up to the season and don't be surprised if he's swinging and missing more than normal if he doesn't shed a few pounds.

By Charlie Finn, Red Sox Correspondent, Wed, Feb 11th 6:34pm EST

Adding a Third Baseman to the team seemed to be the Red Sox priority this offseason when they added Pablo Sandoval. After a season where Will MiddleBrooks and Xander Bogaerts both hit for an under .200 average at Third Base for the Red Sox in 2014. Sandoval has not had a year under .268 in his 7 year career, so the consistency the Red Sox are looking for and need at Third Base may be found with "The Panda".

Fantasy Impact: Living up to Fantasy production hype for Pablo will be one thing this year but living up to a 5 year $100 million plus contract for the Boston Red Sox will be tough enough. Coming off another World Series in 2014, Sandoval will look to push the Red Sox back up the rankings in 2015. Adding a steady bat and a very consistent defense at Third Base is what the Red Sox missed the entire year in 2014. In a line-up with hitters all around him it will be interesting where the Red Sox settle Sandoval into the everyday batting order.

By Andrew Sears, Red Sox Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 5:58pm EST

Jon Heyman reports that Sandoval will receive close to $100 million over 5 years. The Red Sox beat out the Giants and Padres, who reportedly also made an aggressive push for the free agent 3rd basemen. The official announcement of the deal is pending a physical. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The move figures to be a good one for Sandoval's fantasy value. He lands on a team that is pouring money into revamping its offense (and pitching, for that matter). Sandoval will now get to play in a top 5 hitter friendly ball park, according to ESPN's 2014 Park Factors analysis. It's a welcome sign after slugging in the notoriously pitcher-friendly AT&T Park with the Giants. Sandoval is expected to primarily play third base in Boston with a small mix of appearances at DH.

By Clinton Ho, Red Sox Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 9:56pm EST

Free agent Pablo Sandoval arrived in Boston on Monday for a meeting with Red Sox brass, who were said to be "all-in" on luring the third baseman away from San Francisco. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval's value would theoretically take a leap should he move to Boston. It's hard to say if he would have more protection within the lineup, but without question, he would be hitting in a more favorable ballpark when he's batting from the left side (his stronger side). The power has always been there, but a 25 ft. wall has always been in the way in right field at AT&T park. A move to Boston would take around 20 ft. of height away from that barrier as well as 7 ft. in distance. Sandoval's HR numbers could realistically jump from 20 to 30 making him an even greater threat.

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MLB.com | Feb 20th, 6:35pm
After some fretting in Boston's talk-show circuit earlier this week, manager John Farrell said the team is not concerned about Pablo Sandoval at the start of Spring Training.