The Panda has a big decision to make. Pablo Sandoval‘s agent has suggested that the third baseman would like to determine where he will play in 2015 before Thanksgiving, which is coming up this week.
This is not an easy decision for Panda. His biggest suitors are the Boston Red Sox, the San Francisco Giants and surprisingly the San Diego Padres have thrown their hat into the mix.
They have reportedly put the biggest offer yet on Sandoval’s table which means that either the number of years and/or the number of dollars is larger than the five-year $95 million contract that the Boston Red Sox have already put on the table.
What Panda really wants most is for a club to commit to a contract that runs at least six years. So far not one club seems to like that idea.
The Red Sox have been pushing for Sandoval since before he declined the Giants’ qualifying offer and even they didn’t offer the 28-year-old a six-year deal.
Given Sandoval’s weight issues, which may hinder his health in the future, are a likely reason clubs are hesitant to commit to that many years.
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle Sandoval is already leaning towards signing with the Red Sox. Whether their contract off includes options, vesting or otherwise, is not public knowledge.
Shea goes on to say that the Giants are not completely out of the picture.
Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans spoke to Henry Schulman, also of the San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday morning. He said that be believes that Sandoval’s interest in remaining with his old club is “sincere.”
“I think Pablo loves this fan base as muuch as any player loves a fan base and that could go a long way,” Evans said.
So the Giants are still assumed to be in the hunt but have not yet put forth an offer. Back in March they offered Sandoval three-years and $40 million but he turned it down.
The length of the contract is Sandoval’s main priority.
With the Padres now in the mix, however, it is likely that the Giants would have to outbid both them and the Red Sox, which would be paying much more than they were originally prepared to spend.
If they lose Sandoval, it’s likely they will fiercly pursue Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas.
What’s really interesting here is the Padres offer! How much is it worth? What does it include?
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