Despite all-world talent, Sandoval struggles off the field with conditioning. Repeated threats from the Giants – including benching the popular third baseman haven’t worked, so it’s possible the Giants may now be attempting to scare Sandoval with trade rumors and potential free agent signings.
Rumors leaked earlier this offseason that the Giants weren’t exactly turning their back to potential Sandoval trade requests and according to Jon Morosi, before inking a four-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco was in deep discussions with Omar Infante about potentially becoming their ‘long term’ solution at third base:
This is interesting: Source says Giants had interest in Omar Infante — as a 2014 left fielder and possible third baseman in long term.
It’s likely Infante would have played in left field for the time being but had Sandoval continued to scuffle, Infante could have become a replacement if the team decided to move on from the Panda.
That of course won’t be happening now that Infante is off the market, but it’s clear patience for Sandoval in the Giants’ front office is wearing thin.