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Giants aren’t talking contract extension with Pablo Sandoval

Mar 23, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

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Via the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Hank Schulman:

The Giants and Pablo Sandoval’s representatives have not had any discussions about a contract extension for the third baseman, and general manager Brian Sabean said the club will hold off “as of now.”

Schulman adds on Twitter that Sandoval and his reps want at least five years and $90 million — which is what Giants outfielder Hunter Pence signed for in late September. San Francisco’s front office isn’t ready to commit that kind of money or contract length to a player like Sandoval, whose numbers (and weight) have been so up and down in recent years.

Sandoval entered camp this spring in improved physical shape and has every reason in the world to keep his weight in check. He’s currently scheduled to hit the free agent market five days after the World Series.

The Giants aren’t ruling out an in-season contract extension for the 27-year-old third baseman.

  1. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Giants want to see if he still can be the same player in his new body I’m sure.

    • NYTolstoy - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Actually I think they want to see if he can keep the wieght off and stay healthy. I also don’t see Sandavol getting the same type of deal that Pence received. Pence hasn’t played less then 145 games I believe in a decade. Sandavol has had so much weight issue and also hasn’t had a healthy season since he put up the 25 HR 90 RBI season which if I recall correctly was his first full year with the Giants. Though he is overall a better player then Pence he just can’t seem to play more then 120 games a year for sometime now

  2. spyder9669 - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    He’s gone. Nowhere near worth 90 million. He can’t be trusted to stay healthy or in shape. Plus he swings at EVERYTHING. We already have that guy (Pence)

    • NYTolstoy - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Swing at everything yes but comparing Pence to Sandavol isn’t fair. Pence has never missed much playing time in 10 years and has always had the same type of built. Sandavol has been over wieght and injury prone since his second full year with the Giants. Though I agree 90 million he is not worth.

  3. bigdicktater - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    I know Buster wants to catch, but the Giants have other catchers with ability on the roster and in their system, and a move to the hot corner would probably extend his career and he wouldn’t need as many days off.

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