Pablo Sandoval expected to get the first shot at third base

Pablo Sandoval played only three games in 2016 before needing shoulder surgery.
Pablo Sandoval played only three games in 2016 before needing shoulder surgery. –Globe Staff/Jim Davis

Carl Crawford signed a huge contract to play for the Red Sox before the 2011 season and was awful. Almost overnight, he appeared to lose the ability to hit, run, or field. Crawford suffered assorted injuries, made a series of unfortunate comments to the media, and was reviled by fans even after he was traded to the Dodgers.

Incredibly, Pablo Sandoval has been worse.

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