Padres joining the mix on Sandoval
Though the Giants and Red Sox remain the favorites to sign free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, the Padres are the latest team to express their interest, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Along with those three clubs, the White Sox and Blue Jays are the other two teams known to be pursuing Sandoval to some extent.
Sandoval is scheduled to meet with the Red Sox at some point this week, reaffirming that Boston is his most likely landing spot outside of a return to San Francisco. That said, the Padres’ emerging interest could eventually come into play.
It’s a move that would certainly make sense from the Padres’ side. The club is looking to improve offensively, especially at third base where they are trying to find a more permanent replacement for Chase Headley. The Padres last season gave looks to Yangervis Solarte, Chris Nelson and eventually rookie Cory Spangenberg at the hot corner after trading Headley to the Yankees on July 22.
The Padres remain strongly tied to Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, who could be another option to fill the void at third base. Though listed as an outfielder, Tomas does have experience at third base and has taken some reps at the position during some of his workouts this season.
Sandoval remains a bit of a longshot for the Padres, but they could ramp up their pursuit if Tomas ultimately signs with another club before Sandoval is off the market.
— Paul Casella