2014, file photo shows San Francisco Giants third
baseman Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval and the Boston Red
Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, a person with
knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke to The
Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday,
Nov. 24, 2014, because the Red Sox had not announced
FRANCISCO — From his three-homer game in the 2012 World
Series to that lasting image of his arms in the air
celebrating another championship last month, Pablo Sandoval
left quite a mark in San Francisco.
fans are stunned he is really leaving. Right after he said
he would love to retire in a Giants uniform, no less.
Panda is moving about as far away as he could go, to the
American League and an East Coast team hoping to duplicate
San Francisco's recent run of success. Sandoval and the
Boston Red Sox agreed to a multiyear contract, and the
switch-hitting third baseman informed the Giants on Monday
he will be taking his services elsewhere.
the greatest fans in San Francisco! Leaving the (hashtag)SFGiants
& this city I love is the most difficult decision I have
ever made," Sandoval posted on Twitter and Instagram.
"I have grown up w/you, laughed & cried w/you &
you have blessed me (with) 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 (hashtag)SF."
the 2012 World Series MVP, had pondered an offer from the
Giants worth about $95 million over five years, assistant
general manager Bobby Evans said. San Francisco might have
taken it up closer to $100 million. That's comparable to
what Sandoval is expected to receive from the Red Sox.
is expected to be formally introduced Tuesday in Boston.
was obviously a huge part of the organization's three World
Series wins the past five years," shortstop Brandon
Crawford said via email. "It'll definitely be a little
different not having him over at third. We will miss him in
SF and wish him the best in Boston."
for Evans and Giants general manager Brian Sabean is
unclear, given there's hardly a panda-sized pool of
available third basemen.
are likely to show interest in free-agent third baseman
Chase Headley. They also are expected to enter the race for
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas.
when the season ended that Sandoval was the No. 1 priority
before anything else got done to build the 2015 roster.
Sandoval stings, and will for a while — even if he was
ready for a change and new challenge after seven major
league seasons with the Giants.
switch-hitter was beloved in the Bay Area, where fans
sported panda hats in his honor — including a quartet of
oversized heads on a few fans during the franchise's latest
championship run. His lasting memory likely will be the
moment he leaned back on bent knees and raised his arms in
triumph after winning another World Series last month.
has been with us through some of the greatest moments in San
Francisco Giants history — including all three World
Series championships," the Giants said in a statement.
"We will never forget his World Series MVP performance
in 2012 and his numerous contributions to the 2014
championship. His connection with Giants fans — young and
old — is truly special, and he will be greatly missed. We
wish him nothing but the best in Boston."
28-year-old Sandoval 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.
He is coming off a three-year deal that guaranteed him
joins a big-spending Boston team that finished last in the
AL East, one year after winning the World Series.
hit .279 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 157 games this
season. He also batted .366 in the postseason with seven
doubles and five RBIs, four during the World Series against
want to wear that jersey for the rest of my career,"
Sandoval said after the Oct. 31 victory parade. "I'm
going to go from what my heart tells me."
chance to eventually become a designated hitter could have
factored into his choice.
season, Sandoval declined to answer when asked whether he
might accept a hometown discount. He has faced constant
criticism about his ever-changing waistline, and the fact he
performs in the postseason but has been inconsistent through
the first 162 games.
love to be back here. I love the fans. I love my
teammates," Sandoval said. "They taught me a lot
of things, to respect the game and play the game
and the Giants traded offers in the spring but failed to
reach a deal.
earlier this month much of his offseason business would be
dictated by what happened with Sandoval. Other free agents
from this year's team are starting pitchers Jake Peavy and
Ryan Vogelsong, reliever Sergio Romo and left fielder
The GM can
now begin work on the next names on his checklist.