The San Francisco Giants have shown a knack in recent seasons for signing their players to extensions before they hit free agency. They have shown no uncertainty when they have a guy they want to keep in town.
That raises some interesting questions, then, about where they stand with third baseman Pablo Sandoval. As Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports, there are still no long-term extension talks between Sandoval and the Giants.
As we approach the All-Star break, I’m told there are no ongoing talks about an extension between the #SFGiants and Pablo Sandoval.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 30, 2014
It is well documented by now that Sandoval’s tenure with the Giants, while mostly successful, has had its ups and downs. As far as these contract extension discussions are concerned, Sandoval’s fluctuating weight continues to loom as a concern.
Through 81 games this season Sandoval is batting .267/.318/.419 with nine home runs and 34 driven in. Those numbers aren’t terrible, actually, when put in the context of his slow start to the season. He has been a 1.9 WAR player thus far (according to Baseball Reference). The Giants might be treating this situation on its own sot that they can see how he holds up during the second half of the season, something that has been a struggle for him in the past.
Sandoval has had his finger prints all over San Francisco’s success during his time there, so it should be interesting to see how the Giants assess his fit with them and whether he is worth a long-term deal.