According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox met with free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval's agent today. The switch hitter is reportedly looking for a six year deal worth somewhere between $110-$120 million. The Red Sox are considered the biggest competition for the San Francisco Giants, who would love to have the three-time World Series champion, and a World Series MVP, back in the Bay Area.
While the Red Sox need at third base has been discussed, throwing a massive contract at Sandoval is not the way to go. What most people remember is what happened most recently, which was yet another exceptional post-season showing by the Panda. Sandoval hit .429 in the World Series, including a 3-3 performance in game seven. However, Sandoval is merely an average to slightly above average player in the regular season. He is a career .294 hitter but has never hit more than 25 home runs and has driven in more than 79 runs once. That is not the kind of player who deserves $20 million annually.
It is also reported that Sandoval is putting more emphasis on years than money. That should make teams even more wary to make the third baseman an offer. Sandoval 28 and is listed at 245 pounds, which nobody believes. A player who is known to be overweight, and will serve the majority of his contract in his 30s is not somebody that a team should be willing to throw six years at.
The Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox are also in the mix for Sandoval's services.
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