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Giants and Pablo Sandoval agree to a three-year, $17.15 million contract

Jan 17, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

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While the Giants have some work to do in order to keep Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain for the long haul, they have at least locked up a key position player through his arbitration seasons.

The Giants just announced that they have agreed to a three-year contract with third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the deal is worth $17.15 million guaranteed and includes some performance-based incentives. He’ll make $3.2 million this season, $5.7 million in 2013 and $8.25 million in 2014.

Sandoval was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter after batting .315/.357/.552 with 23 home runs, 70 RBI and a .909 OPS over 117 games in 2011. The 25-year-old owns a .307/.356/.501 batting line over his first four seasons in the majors. If he can stay in shape and continue to produce similar numbers, he’ll be a tremendous bargain.

  1. Ben - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Wow, that’s an absolute steal. Add in being a fan favorite and this is excellent.

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Good to hear this. Let Lincecum walk in a year or so and sign a big bat. Bats last longer than arms.

  3. goawaydog - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

  4. loungefly74 - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    he is a good cheap bat to have. i like the move. he does not break the bank.

  5. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Prince Fielder Lite….what is this, the year of fat ballplayers?

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