Is Pablo Sandoval really the answer at third base for the Red Sox? The recent series between the Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers really raised some questions as to why the Sox traded Travis Shaw.
At the time of the trade, the trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Brewers and Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox looked decent for both sides respectively. The Red Sox were counting on the postseason performing Sandoval returning to form, and thus went to bullpen help in Thornburg. The problem with this trade now is Shaw is currently batting cleanup for the Brew Crew, hitting .269 with 7 ding dongs( home runs) and 26 runs batted in. The all star reliever Thornburg remains on the shelf for Boston experiencing shoulder soreness, and has yet to figure out when he will be back.
To make it worse, Sandoval has been on the DL for the last couple of weeks, and even before his injury, was less than stellar defensively at the hot corner.
The Red Sox are currently in wait and see mode in both aspects. If Thornburg returns and dominates as he has in the past, maybe the trade made sense. If Sandoval is relevant at third as he was in spring training this season, it will confirm Shaw was expendable. For now many are left scratching their heads, and the hot corner for the Red Sox for the time being is a revolving door.