Been there, done that.

Embattled Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval let his frustration get the better of him in Fort Myers on Tuesday.

Panda snapped at MassLive.com Red Sox beat reporter Christopher Smith, smashing a bat on a table in the JetBlue Park clubhouse while ranting and raving at Smith after seeing the reporter’s story about Sandoval’s declining defensive metrics.

“From 2009-14, Sandoval ranked ninth out of 19 qualified third basemen in Fangraphs’ Defense metic (19.7) and 10th in Ultimate Zone Rating (8.7),” Smith wrote on Friday. “In 2015, his first season with the Boston Red Sox, his Defense metric (-15.1) and UZR (-16.9) ranked worst among all qualified third basemen. He had a Defense metric as high as 13.9 in 2011 and it was at 5.3 the year before Boston signed him.

“He also ranked the worst among qualified major league third basemen tied with Yunel Escobar for defensive runs saved (-11) in 2015. From 2009-14, Sandoval was at -1.”

Sandoval was obviously not pleased with the numbers uncovered in the report and took it out on the reporter.

The 29-year-old Sandoval made news when he showed up in Red Sox camp sporting a big belly for the second year in a row. Panda has not looked good in the field so far this spring, which has led many fans to call for hot-hitting Travis Shaw at the hot corner. In 21 plate appearances this spring, Sandoval has only four hits.

Sandoval — who has been working with Red Sox infield coach Brian Butterfield every day — said Monday he hadn’t lost any confidence in his defensive ability.

“I’ve been getting confident on defense,” Sandoval said. “I’m going to work hard no matter what situation, if I make an error or play good defense or play bad defense. Try to get my first step, keep it simple, [better] glove presentation. That’s what I’m looking for.”

Flash back to last spring when Sandoval — unhappy with an unflattering photo of him shared on Twitter — challenged this writer to work out with him after venting his displeasure with the not-so-pretty picture.

Hopefully Pablo can channel his frustrations into a more productive year at the plate, and in the field, this time around.

In the meantime, stop shooting the messenger big guy.

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