Monday, November 24, 2014

Sandoval gone?

CBS Sports is reporting that he's signed a deal with the Bosox. I would imagine that the chance to DH as he gets into his mid-30s is attractive but I'm a little surprised. According to what the Merc-News is reporting,  the Giants were willing to give him more money than they gave Hunter Pence last year (5 years, $90 mil)....

Here's part of the report, which indicates that the Giants won't settle for starting Joaquin Arias and/or Matt Duffy at third  --

"We don't have a solution in house," general manager Brian Sabean said earlier this month. "It would have to come from the outside."
Sandoval was signed out of Venezuela in 2003, starting an up-and-down decade with the Giants. He broke into the big leagues in 2008 and was an MVP candidate as a 22-year-old, hitting .330 with 25 homers and 90 RBIs in 2009. He would never reach those heights again, and in 2010 Sandoval was benched in the postseason because he was overweight and slumping.
Sandoval went through a well-publicized offseason conditioning program that winter and regained his job in 2011, hitting .315 with 23 homers and making his first All-Star team. His regular season numbers dropped off in his final three seasons with the Giants. He hit 12, 14 and 16 homers and his average never again hit .300. His OPS dropped to .789 in 2012, and then to .758 and .739 in his final two seasons with the Giants as he battled weight issues off and on. Sandoval was up around 280 pounds at points of the 2013 season but checked in at 250 this spring and was noticeably quicker at third base.
Despite the declining regular season numbers, Sandoval brought his best when the lights were brightest. He hit three home runs in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series and was the MVP as the Giants won a second title. Last month, Sandoval was a consistent threat in the middle of a banged-up lineup. In the midst of the run, Sandoval said he wasn't thinking about the offseason possibilities.
"I want to be a Giant and win a World Series again," he said in late October.


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