Pablo Sandoval informed the Giants on Monday afternoon that he will sign with the Boston Red Sox.
On Monday evening, Sandoval posted a message to Giants fans on Instagram.
To the greatest fans in San Francisco! Leaving the #SFGiants & this city I love is the most difficult decision I have ever made. I have grown up w/you, laughed & cried w/you & you have blessed me w your support, friendship & love. It has been an unforgettable @SFGiants career, a great run & 3 World Series championships in 5 yrs w/great teammates, coaches, front office & fans. I will always remember you w love & my heart will always be in #SF.
Sandoval was signed out Venezuela as a 16-year-old in 2003 and made his major league debut with the Giants on August 14, 2008.
In seven seasons with the Giants, the 28-year-old hit .294 with 106 home runs and 462 RBI.
In the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, Sandoval collected eight hits in 16 at-bats, including three home runs in Game 1, and was named MVP of the series.
Sandoval starred again in the 2014 Fall Classic, banging out 12 hits in 28 at-bats and recorded the final out of the Giants' third World Series in five seasons.