The Red Sox are making a push to sign free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and are “all in” in trying to secure a contract for the two-time All-Star.
Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vazquez, told the San Francisco Chronicle last week that he is seeking a six-year deal. Sandoval reportedly could command a contract between $90 million to $100 million in the open market.
Sandoval, 28, reportedly turned down a three-year, $40 million deal at the start of the 2014 season and was one of 12 players to reject a $15.1 million one-year qualifying offer from their team.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said the team has been in contact with Sandoval’s agent about a possible contract.
“We've met with several [agents], including [Vazquez], and had good constructive conversations with a lot of guys already," Cherington told ESPN.com. "All those conversations will continue. I don't expect anything to happen this week, or maybe in the near term. This may play out. I expect many [conversations] to continue over the next few weeks."
Sandoval has spent all seven seasons of his career with the San Francisco Giants, helping the team win three World Series titles in five years. He was the World Series MVP in the team’s four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
He hit .279 with 16 homers, 73 RBI and a .739 OPS in 157 games last season and was even better in the postseason, hitting .366 with a record 26 hits in 71 at-bats during the team’s 17 playoff games.
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