Report: Red Sox to meet with Pablo Sandoval

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval is sure to be in demand this offseason, starting first and foremost with the Giants’ interest in retaining their postseason-hero, crowd-favorite “Kung-Fu Panda.”

But it appears the Red Sox are going to make a strong push for Sandoval as well.

According to The Boston Globe, Sandoval and his representatives will meet with the Red Sox next week at the General Managers Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Sandoval rejected a qualifying offer from the Giants and is reportedly looking for a six-year, nine-figure contract. He’s only 28, an appealing angle for any team looking to lock him up long-term, but there obviously have always been questions about Sandoval’s weight and conditioning and therefore how he’ll hold up into his mid-30s.

Along with the Giants and Red Sox, Cafardo notes that the Blue Jays and White Sox are pursuing Sandoval.

Boston could use Sandoval at third base immediately, pairing him up with David Ortiz for a potent middle-of-the-order combo, but the Sox could also slide Sandoval over to designated hitter in the future — or, at the very least, use the switch-hitter at DH to get him off his feet some days.

Of course, it’s early in the offseason. The Giants likely will make a run at Sandoval, as they don’t have an in-house alternative at third base. And he’s been popular there, with fans sporting panda hats throughout AT&T Park, with an outstanding track record in the postseason.

-Adam Berry

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