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In the end, Pablo Sandoval cost $3.3 million per home run

Pablo Sandoval played 161 games for the Red Sox.John Tlumacki/Globe staff

News Friday that the Red Sox have designated third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment was welcomed by fans who tired of waiting for him to live up to the expectations that come with a five-year, $95 million contract.

But in the end, Sandoval fell far short. He’ll be paid the remaining $48.3 million on the deal, but the Red Sox doled out $46.7 million in exchange for 14 home runs and 59 RBIs in 161 games over three seasons.

To further break down the Red Sox’ return on investment, here are a few other ways to look at it:

■  Per game: $290,062.11


■  Per home run: $3,335,714.29

■  Per hit: $343,382.35

■  Per strikeout: $462,376.24

■  Per at-bat: $81,217.39

■  Per plate appearance: $75,322.58

■  Per RBI: $791,525.42

■  Per run: $881,132.08

■  Per error: $2,223,809.52

■  Per defensive inning: $37,073.50