Pablo Sandoval reported to Red Sox camp on Sunday, and to no one's surprise, his weight was a topic of conversation with the media.
In January, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that he visited with Sandoval and that the third baseman was "roughly 20 pounds lighter than the last game he played for us in 2015."
Uh, not so fast.
Sandoval met with the media after Sunday's workout and was asked about the Farrell's claim and if the Red Sox asked him to lose weight during the offseason.
"I don't weigh. I don't weigh in at all. I just do my work, try to do everything I can out there. I don't weigh at all in the whole offseason. I just try to get better, be in a better position and, like I say, be an athlete," Sandoval said Sunday according to ESPN.
Sandoval told reporters that he was dealing with pneumonia at the end of the 2015 season and was able to start doing work in November.
"I started working out to prepare myself to be an athlete in the field. So that's what I do. I don't try to lose weight. I don't try to do nothing. I just try to put in my work, feel better, the things that I can do in the field to be better are better, so that's what I do," Sandoval said.
Sandoval's rough first season in Boston was brought up as well. In 126 games, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI. All of those numbers were fill-season career-lows for the former Giants third baseman.
"I don't got nothing to prove [in 2016]. I just prepare myself to perform well, to support my teammates to play well, to try to get to the final, to the World Series. So that's what I'm doing. I have personal goals this year I've got in my mind. Keep working hard and do things out there on the field," Sandoval said.
Was 2015 a disappointment for the 2012 World Series MVP?
“It’s not a disappointment, it’s baseball . . . You’re going to have some ups and downs, so you have to prepare yourself to be ready. Those down moments come. Shake it off and keep working hard to prove next year you’re better than that,” Sandoval said according to The Boston Globe.
Sandoval is entering the second season of a five-year, $95 million deal he signed last winter.