Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Dave Dombrowski: Panda Is In Good Shape "For Him"

Panda Last Year (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Holy cow! Ooops, that 's probably a politically-incorrect reference for this story. Anyway, today Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski gave new meaning to the phrase 'damning with faint praise'. His assessment of Pablo Sandoval's "conditioning" program had this interesting tidbit: "He's worked extremely hard. In fact, a couple times a day he's been doing his workouts. So he's got a great attitude and approach. He's in solid shape. Good shape for him." Yikes! Apparently, The Panda is being watched very carefully by Sox VP Allard Baird this offseason, and appears to be bringing his weight down to reasonable levels. But, will a more "svelte" body allow him to justify his five-year, $95 million deal? We shall see.