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15 Juillet 2017

Friday, the Red Sox designated the 30-year-old for assignment, severing ties with the former World Series MVP just three years after inking him to a $95 million deal in free agency. Sandoval will do no such thing for Boston: He is a lost cause, through and through. It never really began.

The three Red Sox All-Stars proved they deserve to be all stars. Stop and pay your respects to Josh Hamilton's $125 million contract with the Angels that they're still paying out despite the fact that he's been out of the league since 2015.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski knows he is a special player and just wants him to continue on his development path now that he's in Pawtucket.

Andrew Benintendi's bat almost became the story of Friday night's game when he teased a potential go-ahead three-run homer for the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning. Boston still owns the American League's second-best record and the sixth-best in baseball entering Friday and has seen drastic offensive improvement since a slow start to the season - in addition to being one of MLB's best pitching clubs. The Yankees are at 11-7 and the Red Sox at 11-8. It was even worse for Sandoval the following season. He was never able to rebound in Boston.

Last night's first baseman was a guy named Garrett Cooper, a wing-and-a-prayer acquisition from Milwaukee who was making his major league debut and struck out three times.

It never easy to admit failure, let alone an admission that will cost nearly $50 million, but the Red Sox were wise to do it.

The Boston Red Sox are not a team that will easily give up. "To be quite frank, we need that type of production, and he's certainly very capable". Although the bullpen has been solid, I still think they should add another arm at the trade deadline. The Yankees fell for just the second time this season when leading after eight innings.

Those updates weren't good, so Henry and co. agreed to bite the bullet. Rafael Devers (18 home runs in Portland) could be a surprise call-up, or Dombrowski might look elsewhere, perhaps trading for Todd Frazier (15 home runs) of the White Sox. The Red Sox are 25-14 at Fenway and 25-25 on the road.

"You're talking about a lot of money".

"I wasn't as sharp as I would like to be", Chapman said. Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi, and Hanley Ramirez all had slow starts (and Xander Bogaerts has slumped of late), and they haven't come close to replacing David Ortiz. Rookie Tzu-Wei Lin is now providing much more at third base, batting.333 with an.871 OPS. He is also now employed by a team without realistic playoff aspirations. "I will wake up [Saturday] and I don't know if it will be sunny but the sun will come up".

These talented Red Sox can go far, but like in those seven shutout losses, they also can fall flat.

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