According to multiple reports, Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval could be nearing the end of his time in San Francisco.
The team is reportedly willing to listen to anyone with interest in the often-out of shape Sandoval. The 27-year old Sandoval hit .278 this season for the Giants, with 14 home runs and 79 RBIs. Entering the final season of his contract, Sandoval has essentially been told by GM Brian Sabean that it’s ‘up to him’.
Now, whether or not Sandoval decides to get back in shape is an entirely different question. However, he still offers an intriguing offer for teams in the market for a third baseman this winter – a market which is admittedly thin this year.
Juan Uribe is the top third baseman available via free agency, according to FanGraphs. Uribe, who spent 2013 with the Dodgers, hit 12 home runs and drove in 47 with a .279 average.
Sandoval would obviously be a step up from Uribe in terms of offense, thus indicating the intriguing offers he could draw from contenders looking to add a final piece for 2014. With the Giants coming off a disappointing year, don’t be shocked if the Panda is in a different uniform next spring.