Start making the signs, the memes and the t-shirts. It is time to believe in Pablo Sandoval again. He will be the Red Sox third baseman in 2017. The Red Sox just made it unofficially official by trading Travis Shaw to the Brewers for a quality bullpen piece in Tyler Thornburg
Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. The notion that the Sox would find a team that wanted to trade for him and pay most of his salary just wasn't realistic. The Red Sox would have bought high and sold low. It just didn't make sense. The best thing to do was hope that Sandoval could be a valuable member of a winning team again. He is not ever going to be a superstar because he never was a superstar. The Sox made a mistake in paying him like one but that is water under the bridge now. It is time now to believe the Sandoval can contribute at the plate and on the field.
You can look at this trade two ways, there is the "oh crap" perspective meaning you don't think Sandoval is going to do much and we just gave up a left handed bat in Shaw that showed at times he could be dangerous. There is also the "Pablo is back!" perspective meaning the Red Sox would not have made this trade unless they felt that Pablo Sandoval is ready to have a good year in 2017. He has lost a significant amount of weight which is pretty good proof he is not looking to just collect a paycheck.
Coming to Boston as a highly paid free agent is not easy. Rarely do players have great years in their first year in Boston. David Price haters, I am talking to you. Former haters of Rick Porcello, I am also talking to you. It isn't stretch to think that a year from now The Panda will be everyone's favorite attraction at the Fenway Park Zoo. Believe in Pablo! Where is my t-shirt?