Jon Heyman has tweeted that the San Diego Padres have had internal discussions on acquiring third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval recently lost his starting job with the Boston Red Sox to rookie Travis Shaw. The Red Sox are on the hook for $75 million, , with a $5 million dollar buyout for the 2020 season, are expected to be motivated sellers. The Red Sox are already have the most expensive bench in all of baseball.
Sandoval is coming off a poor first season in Boston where he hit .245/.292/.366, his career slash line is .288.339/.452. The question for the Padres is Sandoval an upgrade over Yangervis Solarte, who slashed .270/.320/.428 with 14 home runs and 63 RBI in 2015?
There has been speculation that a trade could send right-hand pitcher James Shields to the Red Sox for Sandoval. Shields is still owed $65 million, and can opt out of his contract at the end of the season. Interesting to speculate on this trade, but I don't see a significant benefit of acquiring Sandoval.