Pablo Sandoval says he isn’t proud of what he has become over the past two years and insists he is ready to make the most of the second chance he’s about to receive.
Authentic Mens Marian Gaborik Jersey In a joint English-Spanish interview with ESPN.com and ESPN Deportes’ Marly Rivera, Sandoval said he got “complacent” after signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in November 2014 and pledged to “start my baseball career all over again” now that he is fully recovered from left shoulder surgery.
“My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished,” Sandoval said by phone in his first public comments since August. “I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be.”
Mens Braydon Coburn Jersey Two days later, Chapman bettered that — by nearly 40 percent — when he inked a five-year, $86 million deal to hook back up with the Yankees. Then thereâ€™s fellow free agent Kenley Jansen, whoâ€™s expected to score a deal similar to Chapmanâ€™s. All of which raises the question: If the Orioles were willing to trade Britton, just how much could they get in return?
As good as Melancon, Miller and Chapman are — and theyâ€™re three of the best in the biz — Britton is even better. In 2016, he was a perfect 47-for-47 in save opportunities and his 0.54 ERA was the lowest ever for a reliever (min. 50 innings). He finished fourth in the Cy Young balloting and received almost as many first-place votes as eventual winner Rick Porcello.
This is nothing new for Britton. Since taking over as Baltimoreâ€™s closer on May 15, 2014, his 120 saves are second only to Melancon, and his 1.44 ERA trails only Wade Davis. In other words, heâ€™s been good. Really, really good. As if that werenâ€™t enough, heâ€™s relatively low-mileage: At just 28 years old, heâ€™s younger than Miller (31), Melancon (31) and Jansen (29). All of which is to say, the Orioles could get a gargantuan return if theyâ€™re willing to trade Britton. The operative word there is “if.”