Four teams remain in the mix for Sandoval
The Giants, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Padres continued their pursuit of free agent Pablo Sandoval on Thursday.
San Francisco and Boston remain the favorites to land the third baseman, and MLB.com’s Ian Browne reported Thursday morning that Boston is close to making an offer. Sandoval met with the Red Sox on both Tuesday and Wednesday in Boston.
The Blue Jays were also preparing a significant offer for Sandoval, according to several reports, however, general manager Anthopoulos downplayed the possibility of another imminent acquisition. The club signed catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal earlier this week.
Toronto’s policy of not exceeding five years on contracts could also provide an obstacle to the signing.
Also in the mix are the Padres. According to CBSSports.com, the club has made Sandoval a priority this offseason, though like Toronto, San Diego could be priced out in a bidding war.
– Chad Thornburg