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Free agent Pablo Sandoval has informed the Giants that he will be joining the Boston Red Sox, CSNBayArea.com has learned.
Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP with San Francisco, was pondering an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years, according to reports.
Sandoval, 28, met with the Red Sox last week. After winning his third World Series title in five years with San Francisco, he indicated he wanted to retire with the Giants.
Sandoval joins a big-spending Boston team that finished last in the AL East, one year after winning the World Series. The Red Sox do not forfeit the No. 7 overall pick in June's amateur draft, but would give up a later selection.
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San Francisco receives an extra pick between the first and second rounds, and needs to figure out who will play third base in 2015.