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Pablo Sandoval down to Red Sox and Giants

The panda may find his way to Boston in 2015 Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The panda may find his way to Boston in 2015
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Multiple reports have indicated that both the Boston Red Sox have interest in free agent Pablo Sandoval. Right now it appears as though they will be in competition with the San Francisco Giants who Sandoval previously played for to sign him.

Sandoval, 28, would be a nice fit at third base for Boston, a position in which they have had a bit of uncertainty at over the past two years.

At this point, Boston may not feel comfortable with Will Middlebrooks as their starting third baseman going into next year due to his struggles.

With no true superstars on the market, Boston could do what they do best -- overpay an above-average player to seal the deal. Think of it as the Shane Victorino effect.

Sandoval who hit .279/.324/.415 with 16 home runs may not be coming off the best year of his career offensively, but in the field it is a different story.

Slimming down quite a bit last off season, Sandoval went from being a liability at third base to a legitimate option. His .971 fielding percentage was well above the .962 league average at the hot corner.

The only drawback to the power-hitting third baseman may be viewed as a plus to some -- he cannot hit lefties. Of course on the bright side this means he is great against righties and slashed .317/.363/.461 with 11 home runs in 388 at-bats against north paws.

Luckily for Sandoval, Brock Holt hit .293 off lefties this year, making the pair an interesting option as a platoon. Of course, Sandoval would receive most of the playing time.

Contract demands for Sandoval seem a bit on the high side as far as money and years. With Garin Cecchini as a potential future third baseman for the Red Sox, it appears as though Boston will be focusing on the now more than the future.

Sandoval has been a member of two World Series winning teams. The first time he won a ring was in 2010 with the Giants while the second time came in 2012. As a member of the Boston Red Sox next year, Sandoval could potentially compete for his third ring.

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