San­doval re­turns to Giants with mi­nor league con­tract

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - FRONT PAGE -

Pablo San­doval is back with the San Fran­cisco Giants af­ter agree­ing Satur­day to a mi­nor league con­tract with his orig­i­nal ma­jor league team.

The 2012 World Se­ries MVP walked into the Giants club­house as if he had never left, shak­ing hands with play­ers and grab­bing bullpen catcher and for­mer team­mate Eli White­side in a bear hug from be­hind.

It was a scene few peo­ple thought pos­si­ble when San­doval left on bit­ter terms fol­low­ing the 2014 sea­son for a $95 mil­lion, five-year con­tract with Bos­ton. Kung Fu Panda had just helped San Fran­cisco win its third World Se­ries ti­tle in five years.

San­doval was apolo­getic upon his re­turn and at­trib­uted his 2014 com­ments to im­ma­tu­rity.

San­doval, who turns 31 next month, is ex­pected to join Triple-A Sacra­mento on Tues­day.

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

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