Tough spot. He was a successful fat player, until he wasn't. Then he was just fat, and it hindered his ability to have his skills age with some grace. He lost some weight, but skills had diminished in the interim and now he's just taking up space (physically, on the roster, at the buffet line, etc) Would be nice to have some sort of recourse in MLB though when the player signs a big contract and then just completely quits trying. NFL is too far the other way, but gotta be some middle ground there that incentivizes the player to give a shit. Apparently for Sandoval, 'pride' wasn't enough.