Pablo Sandoval, former third baseman for the San Francisco Giants and current third baseman for the Boston Red Sox, was one of the biggest free agents on the market going into this season.
A fan favorite, Sandoval was a member of three World Championship teams with the Giants. He was so popular that Giants’ fans wore goofy panda hats on their heads and many lamented endlesslessly over Twitter and Facebook when it was officially announced that he had chosen to sign a contract with the Red Sox.
Most assumed that they had offered more money or years than the Giants who wanted so badly to keep him. They had no real in-house third baseman to replace him and beyond Sandoval the entire infield market was sparce at best.
The Giants finally traded with the Miami Marlins for Casey McGehee, who will play third base for San Francisco in 2015.
“No. I left more money out there. I didn’t let the Giants make the final offer.”
He added that he would not have stayed in San Francisco for a higher offer, that he was ready for something new and so he left the Giants money, whatever it could have been, on the table.
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