¡°There’s always interest in your best players,¡± said general manager Dan Duquette last week at baseball¡¯s winter meetings, ¡°but I don’t really talk about our best players in trade talks because people take that the wrong way. They don’t take it the way it’s intended to be, and that is, we like this player on our team, and we’re putting our team together with them on the team. We’re putting our team together around our closer and our best everyday ballplayer.¡±
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If you¡¯re scoring at home, the best everyday ballplayer that Duquette references would be third baseman Manny Machado, and the closer in question would be Britton. And by the sound of things, neither is going anywhere anytime soon. Holding onto Machado is inarguable because, well, he¡¯s the best player on the Orioles, one of the best in baseball, and it¡¯s impossible to imagine the O¡¯s contending without him. Britton, however, is a different story.
Sandoval and his wife had a baby in May, an event that he said has inspired him to rebuild his career.
Womens Calvin Johnson Jersey “Watching ‘Baby Panda’ grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that’s my motivation every day,” Sandoval said. “The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson.”
Sandoval understands if Red Sox fans are skeptical. But Sandoval also saw first baseman Hanley Ramirez rebound this year with a 30-homer season after a miserable 2015 and believes he can have a renaissance of his own.
“I certainly get it. I understand all the frustration [fans] must have felt, and I can’t hold any grudges,” Sandoval said. “I have no ill will about anything. Actually the opposite. It was another lesson for me. It fueled me. It gave me the courage to work harder every day so one day I can be a part of another Boston Red Sox championship.”