Storylines: Sandoval to meet with teams this week
- Pablo Sandoval is one of the top free agents going into the offseason. He has been one of the top third basemen in the MLB since being called to the show in 2008. In his seven years with the San Francisco Giants, he batted .294 with 106 HR and 462 RBI. That is second in that rookie class with Evan Longoria leading the way. He also has produced in the postseason during the Giants three World Series titles in five years. In a combined 10 series' in the playoffs, Sandoval has batted .344 with 6 HR and 20 RBI. That is quite a resume for teams pursuing the two-time all-star. He is possibly seeking a nine-figure deal around six years. He is scheduled to visit with four teams this week: the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox and potentially his former team the Giants.
Other News and Notes
- According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, The Boston Red Sox have not yet made a decision of whether to keep outfielder Yoenis Cespedes or to deal him.
- Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen stated that he wants to end his career with the Pirates but also wants the front office to surround him better talent.
- Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Philadelphia Phillies want three top MLB ready prospects in exchange for Cole Hamels.
- According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays originally discussed a trade that would have sent Adam Lind to the Orioles for Steve Pearce. However, they traded Lind to the Milwaukee Brewers instead for righty Marco Estrada.
- Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Tampa Bay Rays will interview Charlie Montoyo,Ron Wotus and and Tribe bullpen coach Kevin Cash for their open managerial spot later this week.
- According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the New York Yankees have resigned outfielder Chris Young. The deal is for one-year, $2.5MM.
- Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the San Diego Padres decision to DFA lefty Eric Stutts was based on finances rather than his performance which resulted in 17 losses.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks will not be in the market for the top three pitchers in the market but will focus on acquiring Japanese pitcher, Kenta Maeda.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers are aggressively shopping Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier.