Pablo Sandoval: Boston Red Sox didn't ask me to lose weight

By Alex Butler   |   Feb. 22, 2016 at 9:33 PM

BOSTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Despite admittedly not touching a scale this offseason, Pablo Sandoval is down 20 pounds since last season, according to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell.

And despite reports that Dave Dombrowski, Farrell, and Torey Lovullo have asked him to lose weight, Sandoval has denied the request ever took place.

"Right now,'' Farrell told CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam last month. "...he's roughly 20 pounds lighter than the last game he played for us in 2015. I know for a fact that both guys [Sandoval and Ramirez] went into the off-season with some clear markers, with some clear goals to achieve from a physical standpoint. Both are doing that.

"I can tell you this -- after meeting with Hanley, I spent another day or so with Pablo. Pablo's extremely eager to get back. He feels like he's got to make amends for a year ago and is eager to do just that.''

Sandoval talked to ESPN's Rick Weber Monday..

"I don't weigh. I don't weigh in at all," Sandoval told Weber. "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 is due $17 million through 2017, $18 million in 2018, and has a club option of $17 million in 2020, with a $5 million buyout. The 29-year-old is listed at 255 pounds on the Red Sox official roster.

Last season, Sandoval hit .245, while swatting 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 505 plate appearances. Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow told KNBR 680 that he thinks Sandoval has an "eating disorder."

"It's unfortunate," Krukow said. "We love the guy. He was amazing in our uniform and amazing for our city ... there's no more charismatic guy that I've ever met than this guy. You can't help but love this guy."

"He's just one of those people that you want to be around. And it's unfortunate. I mean, he has an eating disorder. It's plain and simple. He can't control himself."

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