Red Sox cut losses, des­ig­nate San­doval

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BOS­TON — Panda-ma­nia is over in Bos­ton be­fore it ever re­ally be­gan.

The Red Sox des­ig­nated third base­man Pablo San­doval for as­sign­ment on Fri­day, cut­ting their losses on the $95 mil­lion free agent who was never pro­duc­tive or healthy enough to repli­cate the pop­u­lar­ity — or World Se­ries suc­cess — he had in San Fran­cisco.

The Red Sox have 10 days to trade or re­lease the 30-year-old San­doval, who was ac­ti­vated him from the dis­abled list (in­ner ear in­fec­tion) and re­turned from an in­jury re­hab as­sign­ment with Triple-A Paw­tucket. Un­less they can find a taker for part of his salary, they will have paid $95 mil­lion for a to­tal of 161 games, 575 at-bats, 136 hits and 14 homers — and not a sin­gle one of them in the post­sea­son.

The MVP of the 2012 World Se­ries af­ter bat­ting .500 with three homers in four games against Detroit, San­doval was a star again while help­ing the Gi­ants win the 2014 cham­pi­onship. Beloved in the Bay, where he was dubbed “Kung Fu Panda,” he chose to leave San Fran­cisco and sign with the Red Sox that win­ter.

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