When the San Francisco Giants lost Pablo Sandoval this past offseason, it was viewed as a major loss and rightfully so. They had little-to-no depth behind him at third base and ended up trading for Casey McGehee to replace him, which turned out to be a bad move. With McGehee now in Triple-A, the team has the inexperienced Matt Duffy starting at third base and he has been a blessing in disguise for the World Series champs.
Sandoval, in 54 games played this season, has hit .245 with six home runs and 21 RBI.
Duffy, in 49 games played, is hitting .283 with five home runs and 23 RBI.
Duffy, as you can see, is leading Sandoval in both RBI and batting average. The only one of those stats Sandoval leads in is home runs and it’s only by one.
For similar production offensively, their two contracts couldn’t be any different. Sandoval is in the first year of a five-year, $98 million deal that he signed with the Boston Red Sox at the end of 2014. Duffy, meanwhile, is only making $509,000 in 2015.
On the defensive side, however, Duffy has outplayed Sandoval. With the Giants, Sandoval was a sneaky good defensive third baseman for his size. In 151 games with the team last year, he had only 11 errors, or one every 13.72 games.
With the Red Sox this season, Sandoval has had a brutal season defensively, as he’s had nine errors in only 52 games, or one ever 5.78 games.
Duffy, on the other hand, is capable of playing all over the infield and has done so, playing first, second and third base for varying amounts of time this season. In 47 games, he has five errors, or one every 9.4 games.
While the stats are subject to change, one thing is clear: Through the first 62 games of the season, the half-a-million per year Duffy is outplaying the $19.6 million per year Sandoval, both offensively and defensively.
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