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The Red Sox have decided that Travis Shaw will start over Pablo Sandoval.
And maybe, just maybe Shaw is actually better than Sandoval.
He’s not a lock, and the team knows that. Sandoval’s not pleased on the inside, and the team knows that. A helpful side effect could be that Sandoval will feel more motivated by this. He will have to perform in his more limited opportunities, and perhaps he responds well to that. But this is what circumstances called for. There’s a decent chance Shaw will just be another Will Middlebrooks. If he gets himself exploited in regular duty, then, the door’s open again. Then Sandoval could step forward. Yet if Shaw doesn’t struggle, I don’t think there’s anything to feel bad about. You can’t say Sandoval didn’t have his turn. He’ll get another turn if Shaw is exposed, and then no matter what Sandoval would do, at least people would know the backup isn’t the superior option.
I’ve never had to make any decisions involving tens of millions of dollars. I can’t imagine the Red Sox are thrilled, but, money is the only thing pulling in that direction. You keep Sandoval as the starter if you’re trying to get the most out of Pablo Sandoval. You give Shaw an opportunity if you’re trying to get the most out of the Red Sox. Seems like it should actually be a pretty easy call.
Another set of Sox, the White Sox are interested in Miguel Gonzalez, along with three other teams.
The Orioles want to send Hyn Soo Kim to the minors for some additional seasoning before he plays in the big leagues.
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