The Red Sox have had the same problem for the last couple years, they have no third baseman. Pablo Sandoval in his first year just could not stay away from the Twinkies and was a fat slob who you wouldn’t even want on your slow pitch softball team. Travis Shaw stepped in batted .242 with 16 homers…hard to call him the mayor of ding-dong city with a low number of home runs like that. The Panda found out what the gym was again and got back into shape finally. So the Red Sox were under the impression that he would stay healthy and in shape so they shipped Travis Shaw out to Milwaukee in exchange for Tyler Thornburg, who also can’t stay healthy and has yet to throw a pitching in the regular season for us.
Now Travis Shaw is crushing it and living up to his nickname as he already has 7 home runs, which by the way would lead the team if he was still on the Sox. We are now stuck with Josh Rutledge manning the hot corner until Sandoval can once again find a way to get back on the field. Not saying I don’t like the Thornburg trade because I do, I think it was a trade that needed to happen just like it is time to call it quits on the Panda era. The move now should be trying to add a power bat to the lineup and/or a solid third baseman to help fill the void. By doing this one team pops into my head right away and that the Kansas City Royals.
They have returned to the Royals of early 2000’s and are currently 8 games below .500 and sit in the basement of the AL Central. I would not be shocked if they went into complete rebuild mode and think it would be a smart decision. Mike Moustakas will be a free agent after next season and is only getting paid 14 million over the next two years, that seems like a strong possibility to at least explore as the Royals will most likely want prospects back and our window for winning a championship with Chris Sale 3 years including this one.
With that being said I think it is official now that I am off the Panda train. I hope he proves me wrong because god knows the Sox would really benefit from it but till then its time to see if you can get anything for him.
Written By: Kevin Perdios (@Perdios95)