Oct 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante (4) hits a ground rule double against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning in game four of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Giants were looking to replace Sandoval with Omar Infante?

The San Francisco Giants front office just can’t seemingly get through to Pablo Sandoval.

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.

Tags: Omar Infante Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants

  • Dave Edlund

    One of my favorite HR grabs of all-time was grabbing Panda’s 1st splash hit on the 50th anniversary of Willie McCovey’s MLB debut, but that does not make me blind to Panda’s nature. He does not play in the conditioning he should. If I were Giants management, I would be worried about him and not ready to make a contract for him beyond 2-3 years. The Panda we all love is undisciplined conditioned player and he has been injured a lot. I think if we let him play this year until the final year of his contract, it will likely be a great season. He will be motivated and that’s what Panda needs. MOTIVATION! So if I were the Giants, I would keep him for the full 2014 year if the Giants were doing good and then let him find a 4 year contract else ware at the end of the season or if the Giants were out of it at mid-season, I would trade him at mid-season. I believe in tough love and frankly, PANDA’s need it!