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With almost $50 million still owed, Red Sox DFA Pablo Sandoval

With almost $50 million still owed, Red Sox DFA Pablo Sandoval

The $95 million man is on his way out of Boston.

The Boston Red Sox have designated scuffling third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment, according to multiple reports. Boston will be looking to improve their standing in the ultra-competitive AL East and walk out of the series with a lead larger than 3.5 games.

Sandoval played 161 total games for the Red Sox, hitting.237 with 14 homers.

Sandoval was sent to Pawtucket on a rehab assignment a disabled list stint with an ear infection. As is the case with most meetings between the Yankees and Red Sox, this series is truly anybody's game and could simply come down to which team wants it more. With Shaw traded to Milwaukee last winter for reliever Tyler Thornburg, the Red Sox have mostly been using Deven Marrero at third base.

The problem is that the Sox can't just snap their fingers and keep him on the DL.

Peralta signed with the Red Sox three weeks ago after he was released by the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Red Sox offense has been starting to click, as well, though its 105 wRC+ in the last 30 days still isn't quite where they wanted to be. Closer Craig Kimbrel leads the way, with his microscopic 1.19 ERA and ridiculous 16.3 K/9 and 1.2 BB/9 leading the way to his season yet.

The Sox can't send Sandoval to Triple-A as an active player without his permission either, because he has five years of service time.

On the Yankees' end, don't be surprised if at least one of their two wins this weekend is of the ugly variety.

Also, expect a Rafael Devers call up to Pawtucket in the near future.