According to a report, there have been no talks about a contract extension for free-agent-to-be Pablo Sandoval between the San Francisco Giants and his representatives.
Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that general manager Brian Sabean says the team will hold off on extension talks “as of now.” (h/t Pro Baseball Talk)
Schulman reported via Twitter that Sandoval’s people are looking for a contract in the $90 million neighborhood (a very nice neighborhood, indeed), similar to what Hunter Pence got last September.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) March 23, 2014
Sandoval, 27, reported to camp in better shape this spring and is hitting .298/.358/447 this spring, with six runs, a double, two homers and 10 RBI.
Last year, Sandoval hit a career-low .278/.341/.417 in 141 games, with 52 runs, 27 doubles, two triples, 14 homers, 79 RBI and 79 strikeouts.
He’s a two-time All-Star and was the MVP of the 2012 World Series, when he helped trigger the Giants to a sweep with a three-homer performance in Game 1 against the Tigers.
Last year was the closest to healthy he’s been since 2010, when he played 152 games. In parts of six seasons, Sandoval is a .298/.351/.476 lifetime hitter with 90 homers in 712 games.
The Giants signed Sandoval as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2003 and he broke into the bigs in August 2008.