Hours after the Red Sox announced that they had officially released the struggling third baseman on Wednesday afternoon, MLB.com reported that he had agreed to sign a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants and would soon report to Triple-A Sacramento.
The Red Sox DFA'd Sandoval last Friday, though he is still under contract. If the Giants follow through and end up signing Sandoval, they will only be on the hook for paying him the Major League minimum should he return to the big league club. He signed in Boston after the 2014 season for six years and $95 million.
But while teams can not make offers until Sandoval is a free agent, they are allowed to express interest. But he's now going to attempt a comeback within the friendly confines of an organization he knows so well.
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The ultimate goal is to bring him back to San Francisco. It is not about money.
It's unlikely Sandoval will get picked back up since he's still owed $49.5 million. Over parts of three seasons, Sandoval played in a total of 161 games, batting.237/.286/.360 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 620 plate appearances. If the two-time All-Star can recapture even a small portion of his prior success, the Giants will have a former fan favorite at its disposal in an otherwise nightmare season.