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Report: Pablo Sandoval recently rejected contract offer in the $40 million range

Mar 23, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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Earlier, we learned that the Giants and third baseman Pablo Sandoval haven’t made any progress on a contract extension. It appears Sandoval wants a deal similar to Hunter Pence‘s five years and $90 million, which was struck last September.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly is reporting that, on Friday, the club offered Sandoval a three-year deal in the $40 million range, but it was rejected. Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez of SPS Sports Group, will remain in Arizona through the Giants’ season-opening series and will continue to negotiate, but he doesn’t expect any concessions. What he does expect, however, is for his client to test free agency if a deal can’t be struck by the All-Star break.

Sandoval has had health and conditioning issues, which is not an insignificant factor for the Giants. He logged over 470 plate appearances last season for the first time since 2010 and his weight has long been a source of concern, though he did show up in camp noticeably more svelte.

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  1. skerney - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    A 27 year old switch hitting third basemen who hits for power and average? He would have been foolish to take that deal. If he hits the open market he’ll get double that money in a heartbeat.

    Also, Pablo and an “open market?” There is a joke in there somewhere.

    • paperlions - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      If he didn’t have health and conditioning issues….sure, but most teams are going to be shy on committing a lot of years to a guy that has trouble staying in shape in his early and mid-20s. I am sure a lot of teams would love to have him, just not for 5 years guaranteed.

    • stex52 - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      He seems unlikely to age well. I don’t think he gets Pence-type money.

  2. hcf95688 - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    You can get a hell of a lot of carne asada for forty million bucks.

  3. straightouttavtown - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Lol now watch Panda do a facepaint this season of Kevin Youkilis proportion and end up in Japan next year. He won’t get a better deal. He had 2 good seasons in his career (2009 and 2011) and three barely above replacement level seasons including the last 2.

    • skerney - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      You live in Visalia, don’t you?

    • jjschiller - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      I don’t think you’re using WAR right. His last two seasons he’s been worth 2.2 and 2.5. While 2, universally, is a small number, in terms of WAR, it is not barely better than zero. For context, the Braves 3B Chris Johnson chased the batting title in to the last 4 weeks of the season, and he was worth 1.9 WAR. So he hasn’t been David Wright, but “barely above replacement,” is a stretch.

    • straightouttavtown - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      @jjschiller: He’s not useless and definitely a starting caliber 3B but anybody who break the bank for him would end up disappointed. He’s too inconsistent season to season.

      • jjschiller - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Fair enough. But that’s a far cry from being barely above replacement level and falling back on Japan for work next year.

  4. kingscourt25 - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    His incentives should be a free year of In & Out

  5. tfbuckfutter - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    “BE LESS FAT!”


    • historiophiliac - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Look how it helped Delmon Young. Hit a homer recently, you know.

  6. jrbdmb - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    So what the market price for 240 pounds of Flubber these days?

  7. temporarilyexiled - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Seems like he was given a fair option. But there’ll be plenty of tire kicking. And I’m sure he’ll have multiple options for a new place to land. I’m okay with all of this if:

    1. He has a good to great walk year.
    2. The Giants come up with a good replacement…major concerns here.
    3. I get to watch which team struggles to squeeze fair value out of signing him.

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