Red Sox become active in Winter Meetings

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Relief picherTyler Thornburg signs a ball for a fan at Fenway Park in April 2014. (Bob DeChiara USA Today Sports)

I woke up at 9:31 Tuesday morning, realizing immediately I had missed my mandatory philosophy exam review. For a second I felt bad, until I checked twitter and saw something that made me feel much worse.

Travis Shaw had been sent to Milwaukee in exchange for relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg. Along with Shaw went two prospects; infielder Mauricio Dubon and pitcher Josh Pennington.

I was sad at first, despite Shaw’s numbers last year he was someone I really enjoyed having on the team. Then I felt a little bit more positive after checking out Thornburg’s numbers, and then it finally hit me.

With Travis Shaw gone, Pablo Sandoval would without a doubt be our main third base-man this upcoming season. I’ve exhausted all belt-popping and body fat percentage jokes so we’ll just leave those out.  It might seem unfair to judge Sandoval before giving him a real chance, but the problem is he’s been given a lot of chances. Chances to lose weight, to play up to his worth and earn his spot during spring training. Instead, it’s being handed to him.

“He still has to earn his job… It’s not like we’re going [to spring training] and saying, ‘No matter what you do, you’re our third baseman.'” Dombrowski said at the Winter Meetings.

Well who else is going to take the spot Davey? Yoan Moncada, who made his major league debut last fall, striking out 12 times in 19 at bats and

After being beat out for the spot by Shaw last year, and then facing a season-ending injury, you can’t blame Red Sox fans for being weary of Sandoval’s return.

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