Pablo Sandoval designated for assignment by Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox announced Friday morning they have designed third baseman, and former San Francisco Giant, Pablo Sandoval for assignment.

Boston signed Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million contract in 2015 after seven seasons in San Francisco. Sandoval, affectionately known as the “Kung Fu Panda,” appeared in two All-Star games for the Giants, and was the 2012 World Series MVP.

Sandoval batted .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI during his first season in Boston, but he only appeared in three games in 2016 due to injuries. A right knee sprain limited Sandoval to just 32 games this season.

The Red Sox will still have to pay Sandoval the remainder of his contract, which includes $18 million salaries in 2018 and 2019, along with a $5 million buyout on his club option for 2020. 

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