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UPDATE (12:30 p.m. on Tuesday) -- The Giants have offered Pablo Sandoval a five-year, $90 million contract, according to BayAreaSportsGuy.com, and the team expects a decision potentially by the end of the week.
Pablo Sandoval arrived in Boston on Monday to meet with the Red Sox, and the Giants free agent third baseman has discussed deals in the five-year, $80- to $90 million range with both San Francisco and Boston, according to an ESPN report.
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If that report is accurate, it's not unreasonable to think Sandoval remains in the Giants' price range.
The Giants offered Sandoval a three-year, $40 million contract in the spring that was rejected by his camp, who hoped to start negotiations nearer to the five-year, $90 million deal that Hunter Pence received after the 2013 season.
"It can be Red Sox, it can be any other uniform," Michael Sandoval, Pablo's brother told WHDH Boston on Monday. "The good part of this is we get a chance to explore his value on the market and see who can really appreciate him and his work."
There is a downside to signing with the Red Sox, particularly for players who don’t get off to a good start. Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford know something about that. Sandoval is beloved in San Francisco, which club officials hope will count for something.
Sandoval, 28, is a .294 career hitter over seven MLB years with the Giants with 106 home runs and 462 RBI. He also owns a .344 career postseason batting average with six home runs and 20 RBI over 39 playoff games.
Indications are things could come together quickly with Sandoval and the #redsox are a very serious player.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 18, 2014