REPORT: Boston Red Sox make near $100M offer for Pablo Sandoval
In what can only be described as the “Panda Sweepstakes” the Boston Red Sox have seemingly been one step ahead of its rivals to sign free agent 3B Pablo Sandoval. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there’s a deal on the table that may be “in the lead”:
A major league source indicated the Red Sox’ five-year, $95 million offer may be in the lead over Sandoval’s offers from the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres.
It’s not certain whether any of the teams have offered a sixth-year option.
Sandoval would like to make a decision soon. He visited the Red Sox Monday and Tuesday and came away with an offer.
Third base was a position of limited offensive production last year, with Will Middlebrooks not reaching the Mendoza line (OPS a paltry .552) and talk of sliding SS Xander Bogaerts over depending on how other prospects or free agent signings play out.
It’s interesting to see the piqued interest across the league in the two-time All-Star Sandoval. He’s hit roughly .280 the past three seasons. Hasn’t eclipsed 20 HR nor 80 RBI since he was 22 years old. His defense is good (2014 Gold Glove finalist), but he has limited mobility. He doesn’t walk much and hits into a lot of double plays. If that gets near $20M per year, power to him!
– David Whitlock