Pablo Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he’s leaving.
“Got the call. He is going to the Red Sox,” Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Monday.
Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP with San Francisco, was pondering an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years, two people with knowledge of that proposal said, also speaking on condition of anonymity because no deal had been announced.
Sandoval, 28, met with the Red Sox last week. After winning his third World Series title in five years with San Francisco, he indicated he wanted to retire with the Giants.
Sandoval joins a big-spending Boston team that finished last in the AL East, one year after winning the World Series. The Red Sox will not forfeit the No. 7 overall pick in June’s amateur draft but will give up a later selection.