TAMPA, Fla. — Panda Express?
Though various members of the Boston Red Sox said throughout the offseason that third baseman Pablo Sandoval had been told to lose weight, he showed up to spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., looking just about the same.
Baseball Reference lists the 29-year-old at 5-foot-11 and 255 pounds.
Sandoval told reporters he wasn’t asked to lose weight by the Red Sox, according to the Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham.
“I don’t weight in at all. I just do my work. Try and do everything I can. I don’t weigh in all offseason. Just try and get better. Be an athlete,” he said, according to the report.
Sandoval’s 2015 was a disappointment. In his first year with the Red Sox after signing a five-year, $90-million deal, Sandoval hit just .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.
Here’s Sandoval taking BP: pic.twitter.com/u1f11AvB4M
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) February 21, 2016
Sandoval said he needed to get better.
“Yeah, I want to prove to the fans and prove to my teammates that I can be better defensive player and better offensive player to win games,” he said, according to the report. “I have to work hard to get to that moment. Keep working hard and keep your head on.”