Pablo Sandoval unfortunately did not choose the San Diego Padres to sign with this off-season, even though they offered the highest contract, as reported before he was leaning towards the Boston Red Sox and that is exactly who he chose. The deal with the Red Sox was reported on Monday, he will officially be introduced as the third baseman of the Red Sox later today.The deal is reportedly a five-year deal, worth $100 million dollars. Surprisingly, the Padres offered him a deal of over $100 million dollars which Sandoval declined.
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If there is a bright spot in this situation, it is that he won’t be in the Padres division anymore, so the Friars won’t have to worry about how to pitch to him. With Sandoval off the market, the Padres can focus their attention on trying to sign Cuban prospect Yasmany Tomas.
The Padres have met with Tomas’s agent, Jay Alou, on a consistent basis since Tomas was declared a free agent on October 2nd. Tomas is seeking a deal in the range of $72.5 million dollars or higher, similar to the one that a fellow Cuban, Rusney Castillo signed with the Boston Red Sox. The Padres, Giants and Braves have extended offers to the Cuban free agent.
Now that the Kung Fu Panda is off the table, A.J. Preller and company need to stick to their guns, hunker down and do what it takes to improve this Padres’ lineup over the winter.