Toronto Blue Jays no longer an option for Pablo Sandoval

It seems as if the Toronto Blue Jays have dropped out of the race for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, according to Rogers Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Nicholson-Smith reports that there has not been any communication with the Blue Jays organization and Gustavo Vasquez, Sandoval’s agent in the last 48 hours. During a press conference for the signing of Russell Martin, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said that he was not close to signing anyone else.

“We’re not close to anything,” Anthopoulos said. “We’re not ‘being aggressive’ with anybody. Our focus was on Martin and that just took a lot of energy. We don’t have five balls in the air.”

The Blue Jays already have a starting third baseman in Brett Lawrie. Sandoval would be an obvious upgrade, but there is no need after spending the “big money” on Russell Martin.

The Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres are the three that seem most ready to sign the third baseman. The offer could become a five-year, $95 million deal.

Sandoval declined a qualifying offer from San Francisco just a few weeks ago. In the 2014 season, he slashed .279/.324/.415 and hit 16 home runs. He has won three World Series with the Giants in his big league career.



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