Having watched Ferrer help Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez overcome a 2015 shoulder injury and revive his career last season, Sandoval decided to enlist the strength and conditioning specialist to oversee his workouts.
The days began at 7:30 a.m., Ferrer said, with an hourlong “turf workout” to improve Sandoval’s agility. After a series of core-strengthening exercises, they moved to the weight room, alternating upper- and lower-body lifts every other day.
“If you looked at him before, if you didn’t know who he was, you wouldn’t think he’s an athlete. But if you see him now, you know he’s an athlete.”
Ray Echevarria, Pablo Sandoval’s boxing instructor
The Red Sox received frequent progress reports — “Panda watch,” if you will — because Ferrer is close with Boston strength and conditioning coach Kiyoshi Momose.
Meanwhile, Sandoval put his new wife, Yulimar, in charge of his diet. She worked with a nutritionist to come up with healthier meals for Sandoval and cooked for him throughout the offseason.
“For me, we want every September and October to be meaningful,” Henry said. “We can’t always win a ring. That’s obviously what every player and every executive in baseball is shooting for. But from my perspective, a season is a success if you’re playing meaningful games in September and October.”
Henry and Werner appear to still be committed to giving the Red Sox the resources to achieve that goal.
“I think if I [told] you, ‘Chris Sale is on the market,’ you’d say, ‘Well, what young player of the Red Sox who’s in the major leagues would have to be traded for him?'” Werner said. “We did keep the core of our team together.”