In 2015, The Boston Red Sox won the bidding for Pablo Sandoval and signed him to a 5-year, $95 Million. Sandoval always struggled with his weight and it continued, getting worse at the beginning of the contract. At times his weight bordered on 300 pounds. His performance suffered, making people wonder if he actually ate himself out of baseball.
His first season with Boston, Sandoval played in 126 games. He batted a career low of .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs. In 2016 he went on the disabled list on April 13 with a shoulder strain. On May 3, he had surgery on his shoulder. He did not play the rest of the season and ended the year with only 6 at bats. In 2017, after 108 at bats, Sandoval was batting .212. In June, he went on the disabled list with an inner ear infection. By July 19, the Red Sox realized that Sandoval was never going to be the batter that they believed. They released him on July 19.
This meant the Red Sox would pay the final three years of his contract. For $95 million, the Red Sox received a batter who played in 161 games. He batted 575 times and got a total of 136 hits. This was a.234 batting average. He hit 14 Home Runs with 59 RBIs.