Pablo Sandoval is going back to the disabled list.

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Pablo Sandoval officially now a free agent following release from Red Sox, reportedly will sign with Giants

Ryan Hannable
July 19, 2017 - 4:01 pm

Pablo Sandoval is now a free agent and can sign with any other team.

The Red Sox officially released the third baseman on Wednesday after he was DFA'd last Friday. He could have been traded within seven days, but clearly the Red Sox could not find a trade partner, thus letting him go. 

Sandoval had $48.3 million left on his contract.

"It was a very difficult decision in some ways," president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said last week after the DFA. "Any time you have a player that has a long-term contract with a lot of dollars involved, that’s been a good player, that’s a difficult decision. You’re always hoping that player bounces back and is the player you’ve seen in the past. That was hard. You’re talking about a lot of money. I give ownership a lot of credit. They were willing to allow us to do this. So, it was a tough decision in that regard. Yet, I would also say that from a playing perspective, Pablo just wasn’t playing as well as we had hoped. It just wasn’t here when he went to Triple A. Not only from an offensive perspective, there were some defensive struggles.

"It really came down to us feeling that we were not a better club if he was on our club at the major league level. So, it was a tough decision, but it was one that we felt was the right one. It’s one that ownership was very involved in. that’s a decision when you’re talking about those type of dollars that they have to be involved in that from a step-by-step perspective."

Currently, the Red Sox are going with a platoon of Brock Holt and Deven Marrero at third base, but are searching the trade market for an upgrade.

[UPDATE: 8:20 p.m.]: According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Sandoval will sign with the Giants. He will report to Triple-A.

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