Seems like Bruce Bochy voicing his displeasure over Pablo Sandoval’s weight is an annual occurrence:
“It’s an ongoing issue, obviously, something that he’s been battling,” Bochy said. “He showed last year that he’s a different player when his weight is down.”
Asked if Sandoval’s current weight is acceptable, Bochy said, “We’re maintaining it. We’re happy with that. I won’t lie to you, I’d like to get him down a little bit. It’s hard in September to have that in your focus. He needs to get back with the program he had two years ago.”
It’s to the point now where it’s almost worse that Sandoval came into 2011 in great shape. Because now we all know he can take care of himself and get his body ready for a peak physical exertion, he just chooses not to.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.