Dave Dombrowski

MLB notes: Red Sox cut ties with third baseman Pablo Sandoval

MLB notes: Red Sox cut ties with third baseman Pablo Sandoval

Panda-mania is over in Boston before it ever really began. The Red Sox designated third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment on Friday, cutting their losses on the $95-million free agent who was never productive or healthy enough to replicate the popularity he had in San Francisco.

The Red Sox have seven days to trade or release the 30-year-old Sandoval, who was activated from the disabled list (inner ear infection) and returned from an injury rehab assignment with triple-A Pawtucket.

Unless they can find a taker for part of his salary, they will have paid $95 million for 161 games, 575 at-bats, 136 hits and 14 homers — and not a single one of them in the...

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