Editor's note: Days after this article was published, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that Sandoval agreed to a $100 million deal with the Boston Red Sox.
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) --The Giants need to start looking for a third baseman because Pablo Sandoval is likely not coming back to San Francisco.
After speaking with two sources, here's what I've been able to put together:
The Giants offered Pablo the same contract given to Hunter Pence, five years at $90 million. Sandoval wanted that deal last Spring when Giants were justifiably suspicious about Pablo's physical condition. But when that offer came after the World Series, Sandoval countered by asking for a seven year deal.
Sandoval was in Boston yesterday where I am told there is a 90 percent chance that he will sign with the Red Sox. The other 10 percent goes to the Toronto Blue Jays.
So what happened with the Giants? I'm told they were never his first choice, which is why he asked for seven years -- a request the Giants were highly unlikely to accommodate. If the Giants want to get back in the race, they will have to up the ante, which team officials are considering.
As for Toronto, the issue of taxes makes the Blue Jays a dark horse. But hey, at least they are in the race. I'm told the finish line is just days away.
Editor's Note: KPIX 5 Sports Director Dennis O'Donnell was the first to report the Giants' acquisition of Hunter Pence from the Phillies during the run toward the franchises second San Francisco title in 2012.
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