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Red Sox cut losses, designate Sandoval for assignment

[...] baseman Pablo Sandoval was designated for assignment Friday as the Red Sox cut their losses on the $95 million free agent who was never productive or healthy enough to replicate the popularity — or World Series success — he had with the Giants. The Red Sox have 10 days to trade or release the 30-year-old Sandoval, who was activated from the disabled list (inner ear infection) and returned from an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Unless they can find a taker for part of his salary, they will have paid $95 million — about $49 million of it still owed — for a total of 161 games, 575 at-bats, 136 hits and 14 homers. “It really came down to us feeling we were not a better club if he was on our club at the major-league level,” Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. Manager John Farrell and Dombrowski said that Sandoval showed a lot of improvement during spring training after shoulder surgery caused him to miss all but three games last season. Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda is mulling what could be season-ending surgery after being diagnosed with a partial ligament tear in his pitching elbow. Pineda was placed on the 10-day disabled list for the ulnar collateral ligament injury, and general manager Brian Cashman said the team has recommended that he undergo Tommy John surgery.

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