Report: “Optimism” in SF that Sandoval will stay

With the deadline for free agents to reject or accept qualifying offers coming on Monday, opposing teams are reportedly close to writing off third baseman Pablo Sandoval signing elsewhere.

Buster Olney wrote in his ESPN Insider column Sunday that there is “optimism” in San Francisco that Sandoval will remain, though he’s already turned down the Giants’ $15.3 million qualifying offer and is reportedly seeking a six-year deal.

MLB.com‘s Chris Haft wrote this week that whether Sandoval re-signs in San Francisco “will shape the course of the club’s offseason.”

Sandoval was set to meet with the Red Sox at the General Managers meetings but Olney writes that other teams are getting the sense that Sandoval will stay with the Giants, and have begun exploring other options on the market.

In addition to the Giants and Red Sox, the Blue Jays and White Sox have also reportedly been interested in Sandoval.

— Joey Nowak

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