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Giants GM Brian Sabean was a guest on 95.7 The Game Wednesday morning, addressing -- among other topics -- the team's status with free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
Here is a transcript of some of his comments:
We're engaged and we seem to have two willing parties, but that doesn't mean much until there's an outcome one way or another.
We're going to be very forthcoming with him, and aggressive at the same time, but there will be a limit.
As we speak, we've got about $144 (million) committed toward next year's team including how arbirtration elgible players will tick up salary-wise, and guys who are in the second year of contracts.
We're not going to blow the budget up, whether it's for Pablo or, really, for anyone else, because of the model by which we live by. And that's really the stage we're in.
We're putting him first, everything else is on the back burner.
We've contacted our other free agents, and pretty much told them, you know what the lay of the land is right now as a result of that.
And we've cast the net further with other free agents that we are interested in, and are talking to them.
It's parallel tracks, but the obvious elephant in the room is whether we can get something done with Pablo.
He's done all he can do and we're gonna be the ones who are going to have to pay it, so we'll see what happens.
If it doesn't get done, we'll have to have life without Pablo.
We hope like hell we sign him.
Sandoval rejected the Giants' one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to become a free agent. The Giants will receive a compensatory draft pick if he signs with another team.
During the Giants World Series parade, Sandoval said it was going to be a difficult decision for him, but that he was going to follow his heart.