The San Diego Padres have continued to express their want for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval. On Saturday, they made an offer to the slugger.
The Padres general manager A.J. Preller is believed to have personally delivered the offer to Sandoval, which was described to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports as “very serious.” After giving the offer to Sandoval, Preller continued on to the Dominican Republic. The reason being that he was headed to meet with Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas.
It would be very tough to pull off this deal. The Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants are apparently ready to make a high bid on Sandoval. It is not normal for the Padres to make a bid on a single big-time player. As a side note, their biggest contract in history went for $52 million. Sandoval is asking for more than that.
The Red Sox are believed to have offered Sandoval $95 million over five years, as Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported. However, this report has not been confirmed by anyone else.
The Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox have shown interest in Sandoval, but the according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Blue Jays are not going to pursue the third baseman.
The latest word is that Sandoval will take a week or so to decide which team he will play for next season.