Pablo Sandoval was signed to what seemed to be a reasonable long-term contract during the 2014-2015 offseason, but nothing about the deal since has been reasonable. He’s struggled, he’s been hurt, and he’s struggled some more, and all of it cost him his job in Year 3 of his deal. The Red Sox announced that they designated Sandoval for assignment on Friday morning.
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He’s still owed $18 million in each of the next two seasons, a $5 million buyout, and what’s left of his $17 million for 2017. Sandoval signed a $95 million deal, so more than half of it is still out there waiting to be paid, and the Sox are either going to do so by paying him to play in the minors, or they’re going to part ways with the third baseman and watch someone else pick him up on Boston’s tab.
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The prospects are divided up into two teams — the U.S. Team and the World Team — with the international group representing 12 different countries.
For many of these players, their MLB future isn’t too far away, especially if last year’s game is any indication. The 2016 Futures Game featured several current major league regulars, including Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman, Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, and San Diego Padres outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot, among others.
Last year’s Futures Game MVP Yoan Moncada, now in the Chicago White Sox organization, is back for a second straight year and is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.
Tuesday night’s total is set at nine runs. Eight of the last nine All-Star matchups have gone UNDER this year’s posted total.
For the first time since 2002, the MLB All-Star Game will not determine home-field advantage in the World Series. The end of the much-maligned rule should let this game return to being the light-hearted exhibition game it was always meant to be.