Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval (3B)

Boston Red Sox - 6% owned
Bats: B   Throws: R

Pablo Sandoval needs reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder, per ESPN's Buster Olney. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported Monday night that the surgery is "significant" and the odds are against Sandoval playing this season, so Olney's report appears to jibe with that. (Source: Buster Olney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If you are holding onto Pablo Sandoval in the hope that he would come back, this news should be enough for you to drop him. Sandoval does have three more years on his contract so the Red Sox will try to get him back in the lineup next season, but he will not make much of an impact fantasy wise until he can get into shape.

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Pablo Sandoval will undergo surgery on his left shoulder. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: There is not much relavance here as Sandoval should not be on anyones team. Keep him off everything until further notice.

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Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) said the results of his first MRI were "pretty bad," and he is on tap for a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in the near future,'s Rob Bradford reports. (Source: Rob Bradford on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The news that Sandoval is having shoulder issues which may or may not require surgery is good news for Travis Shaw owners. Shaw should be a lock for playing time at third base with Sandoval dealing with both weight issues and shoulder issues. Pick up Shaw if he is available in your fantasy league and if you are holding onto Sandoval he needs to be dropped.

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Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) will not get regular playing time unless he loses weight and others currently in Boston's lineup struggle, according to major league sources, Yahoo! Sports reports. The third basemen, who is still owed more than $75 million for four years, lost his starting job to Travis Shaw this spring and has seen scant duty in the first eight games. (Source: Yahoo! Sports)

Fantasy Impact: If Sandoval's playing time is going to be based on him losing weight it does not bode well for the Red Sox 3B. Sandoval has been overweight most of his career and he does not look like he is about to get in shape. He is on the DL right now but when he gets off of it expect him to find a seat on the bench. If you own him in fantasy it is probably time to find a new third baseman.

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Pablo Sandoval has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, Rob Bradford of reports. It's unclear what caused the injury that was just discovered today, but no matter what happened, the third baseman will head to the disabled list for some time. (Source: Rob Bradford on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sandoval has been a major disappointment going into the season. He has lost his job at third base and has done nothing to win it back. He is hitless in eight plate appearances so far this season. If you own Sandoval, it is not worth putting him on your fantasy DL. He should be dropped.

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The Red Sox have announced that veteran Pablo Sandoval will begin the year on the team's bench, with Travis Shaw being Boston's starting third baseman. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox said this is what they felt is best for the team. Sandoval has struggled since joining the team. With a new regime in town, there are no ties to Sandoval or his free agent contract. Travis Shaw becomes even more valuable as it looks like he should get regular time.

Pablo Sandoval was sidelined Thursday with some lower back tightness caused by a diving play on Tuesday. According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, Sandoval is "...going to be down for a couple of days, just trying to get back. He's going to be unavailable on a day-to-day status right now." (Source: Rob Bradford -

Fantasy Impact: With 11 days until Opening Day Sandoval missing any time does not bode well for his chances in his current battle with Travis Shaw for the starting third base job. Even if Sandoval is some how able to lock down a full time starting role by April 4th, it does not mean he belongs on your fantasy team. So if you believe him to be a bounce back candidate, wait. Sandoval will be available on the waiver wire after the draft in the vast majority of leagues.

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On Monday against the Cardinals, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBI. Sandoval is now hitting .265 on the spring with an OPS of .864.

Fantasy Impact: Now seemingly engaged in an open competition with teammate Travis Shaw for the starting job at third base, Sandoval has responded in kind. However, drafting an established major league player who is locked in a playing time battle is a risky proposition in fantasy. The possibility exists that Sandoval wins the job and keeps up the pace throughout the year, but its just as possible that he continues to lose at-bats and winds up a highly paid afterthought.

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On Monday against the Pirates, Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Sandoval is now hitting .211 on the spring with a .685 OPS.

Fantasy Impact: For a player whose OPS has declined every year since 2011 and whose defense is repeatedly called into question, Sandoval has not done much yet this spring to quiet the naysayers. Given the competent replacements available on the Red Sox roster, Sandoval may see a dramatic reduction in playing time if these issues persist. With an ADP of around 265 Pablo is being drafted as the 21st third baseman. Feel free to let some one else take the chance on a bounce-back season as even a best case scenario would not have Sandoval in the top-10 at his position.

Pablo Sandoval will bat from both sides of the plate this season,'s Rob Bradford reports. After managing just two hits in 41 at-bats from the right side of the plate, Sandoval abandoned switch-hitting for the majority of last season. (Source: Rob Bradford on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sandoval also struggled badly when facing lefties from the left side of the plate, so it makes sense that he'd give switch-hitting another shot. Regardless of which side of the plate Sandoval hits, the biggest issue facing him is his conditioning. Reports are that he has lost weight and hopefully he comes into camp ready to play.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Pablo Sandoval has lost 20-22 pounds this winter. It sounds like Sandoval has committed to improving his physical fitness as he enters Year 2 of a five-year, $95 million pact with Boston, but we won't be able to see the fruits of his labor until Grapefruit League play begins. (Source: Brian MacPherson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval was a major disappointment for fantasy owners last season. There are always injury risks surrounding Sandoval but last year, owners had to deal with nagging injuries that would cost him multiple games every few weeks. On top of that, his production dropped even though he went to a hitter friendly ballpark in a potent lineup. Sandoval finished hitting .247 with 47 RBI. It will be interesting how he looks in spring training but for now, he should be avoided in early fantasy drafts.

Pablo Sandoval has pneumonia

Fri, Sep 25th 4:43am EDT
By John Aubin

Pablo Sandoval has been diagnosed with pneumonia, and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Sandoval will be reevaluated Saturday, so consider him sidelined at least until that day. (Source: Michael Silverman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It looks as though Pablo Sandoval's season could be finished. The Red Sox have no real incentive to rush back Sandoval at this point of the season. For those fantasy owners who have stuck with him this far probably should be dropping him now.

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Sandoval is not in the lineup Tuesday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Sandoval will sit out for the second straight day as he continues to battle an illness. (Source: Tim Britton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The dissapointing year of Pablo Sandoval continues as he misses another game. Sandoval has been frustrating for the fantasy owners who have held onto him as he seems to miss a few games each week with minor injuries and now this week an illness. On top of that is he is not hitting. Sandoval has a .245 average with just 10 home runs on the season.

Sandoval sat out Monday's game due to a fever reportedly.

Fantasy Impact: He has been a disappointment this season. Among his disappointing stats is the .245 batting average.

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Sandoval (back) is in the lineup Friday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports. Sandoval tweaked his back during Wednesday's game, but he checked out fine after meeting with team doctors and was the beneficiary of a day off Thursday. Sandoval is back at his usual third base spot Friday, and he'll bat sixth in the order. (Source: Scott Lauber on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval has missed nineteen games this season with minor injuries with his back injury on Wednesday being his latest ailment. This has been a frustrating season for Sandoval and his fantasy owners.

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Pablo Sandoval was dropped from second in the batting order to sixth for Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jays. He went 1-for-4 with a double in an extra-inning loss.

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval has had a forgettable first year with the Red Sox. Between minor injuries and prolonged slumps, Sandoval is only hitting .247 with 10 home runs and 44 runs batted in.

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Pablo Sandoval had two doubles and scored two runs in the last week of August, but those two doubles were his only hits in 20 at-bats. Sandoval finished August with a .205 batting average and only had three multi-hit games. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Sandoval can be considered a free agent bust for the Red Sox, as he has a .678 OPS for the season and a .212 batting average in the second half. He did have 10 doubles for the month of August, and 15 extra-base hits in the second half, but he only has a .649 OPS in the second half. He should be off of your fantasy roster by now and should never be played in DFS against a left-handed pitcher, as he has a .467 OPS against southpaws in 2015.

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Pablo Sandoval drives in run

Tue, Sep 1st 9:56am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Pablo Sandoval went 0-for-4 Monday with a strike out and RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Sandoval's disappointing season continues. He's now got one hit over his last 16 at-bats, and his OPS in August is only .650.

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Pablo Sandoval returned to the lineup Monday night after missing one game due to an elbow injury. He went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval has been a bust for both the Red Sox and fantasy owners. He has struggled all season at the plate as well as with nagging injuries. He is droppable in ten team fantasy leagues as there are some good third base options on most waiver wires.

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Pablo Sandoval left Saturday's game with a contusion in his right elbow from a fastball, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Fantasy Impact: Not only has Pablo Sandoval been frustrating at the plate for fantasy owners but his weekly injuries have to be just as annoying. Last week he was day to day with thumb issue now he will probably have the same status with the elbow. Stay tuned.

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Pablo Sandoval (thumb) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Michael Silverman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval jammed his thumb on Saturday which caused him to miss Sunday's game. He is back in action on Tuesday. Sandoval has been having a mediocre season hitting .257 with nine home runs with 35 runs batted in.

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Pablo Sandoval sits on Sunday

Sun, Aug 9th 11:07am EDT
By John Aubin

Pablo Sandoval is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Scott Lauber on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval came back on Saturday from his jammed thumb and went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. He is now missing Sunday's game. Whether it is due to his thumb or just a day of rest is not known at this time. Keep an eye on updates.

Pablo Sandoval left Friday's game with swelling in his left thumb, the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports. He has apparently jammed the thumb several times, and it is not clear if he will be forced to miss further time. (Source: Brian McPherson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a recurring injury for Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval continues to frustrate fantasy owners with his minor injuries and missed games. As of now Sandoval is day to day with his current issue.

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Pablo Sandoval doubled twice for Boston on Wednesday, extending his hitting streak against the Yankees to 13 games dating to September 2013.

Fantasy Impact: Wednesday's game was Pablo Sandoval's second game back from a forearm injury. Sandoval has been dealing with minor injuries throughout the year which have caused him to miss games and have made it hard for him to get going at the plate. Hopefully this is a start of a run for him and he can stay healthy for awhile.

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Pablo Sandoval left Thursday's game with a forearm contusion, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Sandoval was hit by a Chris Sale pitch in the forearm and was subsequently removed from the game. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is hard to tell at this point if Pablo Sandoval will miss any time. He should be considered day to day and owners will want to check his status before Friday's game.

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Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Wednesday that Pablo Sandoval's weight is an issue. Farrell said: "That's something Pablo has dealt with his entire career. It continues to be addressed. I can't say tonight is a direct result of that. There are ongoing efforts to support that, to try to get him in the best shape possible." (Source: ESPN Boston)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval had to leave Wednesday's game due to dehydration. Sandoval has struggled since coming to Boston in the off season. His weight has always been an issue along with his injury history.

Pablo Sandoval continued his recent run of success, going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Fantasy Impact: After a slow start to the season and battling injuries, Pablo Sandoval is finally showing why the Red Sox invested so much money in him. He should be owned in all leagues and is currently a solid DFS play.

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Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Tuesday night's loss to Baltimore. He had missed Boston's previous game with a mildly sprained left ankle.

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval has been hot from the plate and the ankle injury did not slow him down as he had another strong game on Tuesday. Sandoval has 22 hits in his last 50 at-bats with eight extra-base hits and seven RBI over 13 games.

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Pablo Sandoval (ankle) said Sunday that he'll return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval sprained his left ankle on Saturday and missed Sunday's game. With the day off on Monday it should have helped Sandoval recover and he fully expects to be ready for Tuesday's series opener against the Orioles.

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Pablo Sandoval is considered day-to-day and left the stadium Saturday night in a walking boot, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval has been a frustrating player to own in fantasy baseball this year. He has struggled at the plate, had various injuries, benched for using social media on the bench and now is out with a sprained ankle. If there is a better option on the wire it could be time for a change.

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Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to seven games after going 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: It has been a rough start to the season for Pablo Sandoval in his first year in Boston. But he is starting to heat up and his average has risen from .239 to .265 over the seven-game streak.

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Pablo Sandoval, who had left Saturday's game with a quadriceps injury, went 2-for-4 with a triple in Sunday's loss to Toronto.

Fantasy Impact: It looked like Pablo Sandoval could miss a couple games after leaving with a quadriceps injury on Saturday but he was able to play Sunday and had a solid day at the plate. Sandoval had been mired in a long slump but is coming around as he has hit safely in six of seven games (10-for-27).

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Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in Friday night's loss to the Blue Jays. He also committed his ninth error of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval has been a mess this season but defensively and offensively. He is starting to show some life with his bat and is hitting 6-for-20 (.300) with two extra-base hits and four RBI in his last six games.

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Pablo Sandoval is struggling

Thu, Jun 11th 1:32am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Pablo Sandoval came to Boston with a winning pedigree and fan excitement. So far, it has been a rough season for him at the plate with his production down across the board except in homeruns.

Fantasy Impact: If the Pablo owner is panicking in your league, see if you can get Pablo for below his normal price. There are no guarantees (naturally), but he is a hitter with a long history of consistent production on a team that should score runs at a fairly shallow fantasy position.

Pablo Sandoval is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports. (Source: ESPN Boston)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval has been struggling at the plate for the Red Sox and is hitting 1-for-13 in his last four starts. Expect Sandoval to get the start in the evening game on the doubleheader on Wednesday.

Manager John Farrell said there have been discussions "off and on" with Pablo Sandoval about the idea of giving up on switch-hitting, the Boston Globe reports. The third baseman is hitting .049 (2-for-41) batting right-handed this season. (Source: Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: The decision will be up to Pablo Sandoval if he wants to hit from the left side and drop switch hitting. It may be in his best interest as he has hit .172 right-handed since the start of 2014. If he does make this move it should increase his production from the plate and make his fantasy value go up.

Pablo Sandoval (knee) is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval is missing his second game in the row after taking a pitch to his knee on Tuesday night. It is not a serious injury and Sandoval should be considered day to day.

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Pablo Sandoval was hit in the knee by a pitch and left Tuesday's game in the bottom of the seventh inning, but tests after the game revealed no structural damage, the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman reports. (Source: Michael Silverman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It sounds like Pablo Sandoval will escape with just a contusion or bruise to his knee. Expect Pablo to at least miss Wednesday's game against the Rangers. Keep an eye on updates to see how long he will be out. But for now it looks day to day.

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Pablo Sandoval went 0-for-3 against J.A. Happ on Friday to fall to 2-for-37 against left-handers this season.

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval is a switch hitter and has been having a strong season from the left side of the plate against righties but batting from the right side has been a struggle. Avoid starting Sandoval when you can if he is facing left handers right now.

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Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval has gone through a cold streak the last week until breaking out with a big game on Sunday. Sandoval usually starts slow but has solid numbers so far this season and is batting .306 with three home runs and 14 RBI.

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Pablo Sandoval went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval had left Monday's game with a sore neck. He was back in the lineup last night and seemed to be fine. Sandoval is starting to heat up after a slow start.

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Pablo Sandoval had a strong day Sunday going 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and three walks in the loss to the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval is not off to the hottest start this season but is hitting .273 with eight RBI and nine runs. If he can stay healthy Sandoval should improve on those numbers hitting in a strong lineup and playing half his games in Fenway Park. Keep starting Panda.

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There are no structural issues with Pablo Sandoval's injured foot, based on scans done at the ballpark Tuesday, the Boston Globe's Alex Speier reports. (Source: Alex Speier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval was hit by a pitch in Tuesday's game and left with a contusion on his foot. Sandoval has started off his first season with the Red Sox hot hitting .305 with five runs scored. The injury looks to be day to day but with Sandoval's injury history, fantasy owners are always worried about a stint on the disabled list.

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Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 Wednesday against the Phillies putting his ugly 0-for-5 debut in the rear view mirror. He also took a bases loaded walk for his first RBI of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Its a little ironic that Sandoval's first Red Sox RBI came on a walk because he just doesn't take all that many. When he goes to the plate he is looking to swing the bat, but has still manages to keep his strike outs in the 80-ish range year after year. Sandoval may have limited upside in Roto as his overall numbers are far from elite, but he could be a nice CI in Head-to-Head formats.

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Pablo Sandoval has tough start

Tue, Apr 7th 8:28am EDT
By John Aubin

In Pablo Sandoval's debut, he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Boston's 8-0 win over Philadelphia on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: In a 162 game season it is way to early to judge someone after one game. Pablo Sandoval will have days like these. But will also have strong days too. If he stays healthy he will provide plenty of production at third base.

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Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-2 and knocked in a run as the Red Sox topped the Twins 4-2 on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Pablo Sandoval has finished his first spring training with Boston after signing a big contract this offseason. He is expected to play every day at third base for the Red Sox. His current ADP is 120 which is about right considering his injury history. If you don't get a third baseman early in your fantasy draft, Sandoval could be a grab in the middle rounds. There is always the risk of him missing games but he will be hitting in a very good lineup and in a good ballpark.

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Pablo Sandoval's recent spat with former Giants teammates has caught the attention of the Boston sports media. (Source: Jerry Thornton - WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Not much gets by the many outlets that cover Boston sports. This may seem like a non issue when it comes to fantasy baseball, but just ask Carl Crawford and John Lackey about the media's role in Boston's sports landscape. If Sandoval hits for the Red Sox, there will be a lot of love thrown his way. Remember to always take a step back, and look at the numbers and not the narrative when valuing fantasy players.

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Pablo Sandoval appears overweight

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

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.

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.

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.

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.