The Boston Red Sox are reportedly “all in” on free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington met Tuesday with Gustavo Vazquez, Sandoval’s agent. According to Edes, a constructive conversation took place.
Sandoval makes sense for the Red Sox based on the injuries third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Signing Sandoval would allow Boston to play Xander Bogarts at shortstop and only at shortstop.
Sandoval is considered the most high-profile player on the open market after hitting .294/.346/.465 in seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants and helping the team win three World Series titles. He is even arguably a defensive player at times.
“The Panda” has made it quite obvious that he wants a deal worth more than $100 million. According to reports, the Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox have interest in the All-Star third baseman.