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Pablo Sandoval told his agent to keep fielding offers from the Giants

Apr 3, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Many players set an Opening Day deadline for offseason contract talks, choosing not to continue negotiating once the season begins, but Pablo Sandoval is apparently willing to keep chatting with the Giants.

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Sandoval initially wanted to join the Opening Day-or-nothing crowd, but is now “open to resuming talks” and “gave clearance to his agent, Gustavo Vaszquez, to remain open.”

Sandoval reportedly turned down a three-year, $40 million offer recently and Baggarly says the Giants haven’t come back with an improved offer yet, so it’s possible his willingness to continue negotiating during the season won’t even come into play.

Sandoval is an impending free agent at age 27 and lost a bunch of weight during the offseason in an effort to improve his range at third base and stay healthier, so there’s seemingly not much incentive for him to accept a three-year offer.

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  1. blabidibla - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Is it just me, or does much of that weight loss seem to have been regained? He looks like the fat panda in the couple of games I watched, not the skinny panda we saw just before spring training.

  2. stampede101 - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    I wonder if him booting a couple balls the other day had anything to do with this. I’m sure it didn’t… :/

  3. sisqsage - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    His first full season in SF was the only year he put up close to great numbers (330 BA, 25 HR, 90 RBI). The last four years have been filled with either weight issues or injuries. His defense is erratic to boot. He’s not going to break the bank unless he puts up a huge year. With his history, that’s probably not going to happen. His people say they want a Pence deal ($$$$90 mil) as a starting point. Better start eating a lot of Kale, Panda.

  4. wetbruce - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    The panda is better suited for the American League, however a great draw for those fans in San Francisco with the panda hats….. I would imagine that if a deal is not done that is reasonable to the giants that he will be traded in late summer if the Giants are not close to the wildcard… He would be a good DH candidate.. It will be sad to see him go, but it may be the best in the long run for San Francisco, he cannot stay at third-base forever with his erratic glove and weight issues… If Belt continues to hit, and Posey is eventually going to need to move from catcher , than the panda is the odd man out.

    • illuminancer - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Posey isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. If you listen to the man for five minutes, it’s clear that they’re going to have to pry him from behind the dish with a crowbar. His value to the franchise isn’t just his bat–it’s the way he calls games and handles the pitching staff. Moving him to third and putting who–Sanchez?–behind the plate downgrades defense at two positions.

      The FA options at 3B for 2015 are:

      Pablo Sandoval
      .
      .
      Chase Headley
      .
      .
      .
      .
      .
      .
      A Bunch of Other Guys

      The Giants farm cupboard is bare when it comes to position players. We really don’t have a lot of options.

      • dcarroll73 - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        So you seriously believe that Posey could NOT play a better 3B than Panda (even thinner Panda?) I believe Posey played some SS when he was younger, and I don’t think the ankle is an issue. I don’t mind working something out with Sandoval, but I would like to see some sort of weigh condition (he backslides and club opt out.) I don’t know how much leeway teams have in the CBA. I know there is the dangerous activities (Lonborg) clause, and frankly for Panda putting that weight back on is dangerous.

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