Blue Jays showing interest in Sandoval
On the same day Pablo Sandoval left Boston, reports are surfacing that the Blue Jays may have interest in the free agent third baseman.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo have both tweeted that the Blue Jays are interested in Sandoval. Earlier Wednesday, MLB.com‘s Ian Browne reported the Red Sox were close to making an offer to Sandoval as well.
The Blue Jays have already made one splash this offseason as they signed catcher Russell Martin to a five-year $82 million deal earlier this week.
Sandoval is rumored to be seeking a long-term deal, but the Jays have a club policy of not offering contracts in excess of more than five years which may prove to be a major obstacle as the Red Sox and Giants may be willing to offer a longer contract.
Toronto had five players play third base last season – all of whom combined to hit .234 with 20 homers and 78 RBI. Sandoval, a career .294 hitter, hit .279 with 16 homers and 73 RBI in 2014.
If the Jays did sign Sandoval, it would necessitate shifting Brett Lawrie primarily to second base. Last season, he played 54 games at the hot corner and 34 at second.
– William Boor