San­doval to sign mi­nor-league con­tract

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — A per­son with knowl­edge of his plans tells The As­so­ci­ated Press that Pablo San­doval plans to sign a mi­nor-league con­tract to re­turn to the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants.

The per­son spoke to the AP on con­di­tion of anonymity Thurs­day be­cause the agree­ment had not been an­nounced.

San­doval tech­ni­cally will not be free to agree to a deal with a team un­til 1 p.m. East­ern Fri­day.

The Boston Red Sox re­leased San­doval on Wed­nes­day when the third base­man didn’t re­port af­ter be­ing des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment last week.

It of­fi­cially ended the Boston ten­ure for the slug­ger, who never was healthy enough to live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions that came with the $95-mil­lion free agent con­tract he signed in 2014.

With the Red Sox un­able to find a team will­ing to take on part of his salary, the 2012 World Se­ries MVP with the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants moved on af­ter a to­tal of 161 games, 575 at-bats, 136 hits and 14 homers for Boston — but not a sin­gle one of them in the post-sea­son.

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