The Red Sox were excited about the acquisition of Sandoval, signing him to a five-year, $95 million contract.
But as was the case with fellow free agent signee Hanley Ramirez, Sandoval was inconsistent on offense (.245, 10 homers, 47 RBIs) and defense (team-leading 15 errors). Ramirez's season also ended prematurely due to a right shoulder injury.
"I think he's a little disappointed that he can't play and contribute and be with his teammates," Lovullo said. "He's one of the guys. He's with his teammates, wanting to contribute and help this team win games. That's been a pretty consistent thought that he's had all year long. So I know there's a little bit of disappointment."
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