Third baseman Pablo Sandoval is officially a free agent as the Red Sox released him on Wednesday, the team announced. Sandoval was designated for assignment on Friday.
The Red Sox signed Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million contract in November 2014. It couldn’t have gone worse for the Sox. Over parts of three seasons, Sandoval played in a total of 161 games, batting .237/.286/.360 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 620 plate appearances. He battled injuries and received criticism for showing up to camp last season overweight.
Sandoval is reportedly interested in reuniting with the Giants. Though the Red Sox are on the hook for the remainder of his contract, Sandoval isn’t likely to draw much interest from other teams given his recent performance, injury history, and reputation.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.