By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Boston Red Sox have designated third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment. He has been on the disabled list when the move was made.
Sandoval signed with the team as a free agent in 2014. He was in the third-year of a five-year deal.
When he signed with the Red Sox, he was promised to make $95 million. Now, the Red Sox are going to have to eat nearly $50 million to get rid of the Panda.
In just a 161 games, he had a .239 batting average with 14 home runs and 59 RBI’s. He’ll have to wait a week before finding out his fate, as it’s believed he’ll clear waivers and become a free agent next week.
“When a player’s contract is designated for assignment — often abbreviated “DFA” — that player is immediately removed from his club’s 40-man roster,” according to MLB.com. “Within seven days of the transaction (had been 10 days under the 2012-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement), the player can either be traded or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.
“If the player is claimed off said waivers by another club, he is immediately added to that team’s 40-man roster, at which point he can be optioned to the Minor Leagues (if he has Minor League options remaining) or assigned to his new team’s 25-man roster. If the player clears waivers, he may be sent outright to the Minor Leagues or released. Players with more than three years of Major League service time or who have been previously outrighted may reject the outright assignment in favor of free agency.
“Clubs may utilize this option to clear a spot on the 40-man roster – typically with the intention of adding a newly acquired player (via trade or free agency), a Minor Leaguer or a player being activated from the 60-day disabled list.”
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