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Pablo Sandoval High Contract Demands

San Francisco Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval, set to become a free agent following the 2014 season, has made it known what he is looking for in regards to a new contract. To say the contract that he is looking for is ridiculous would be an understatement.

 

 

Don’t get me wrong, I do think that Sandoval is a very good player who I expect to have a very good season, but his history of injuries and inconsistent play is what worries me about such a high contract. During his 6 year career, Sandoval has averaged just 119 games per year due to various injuries. Those injuries include, broken and removal of both his right and left hamate bones, hamstring issues and foot problems. It’s not secret that Sandoval came into 2014 Spring Training in great shape, after losing a reported 30-40 lbs, but until he proves that he can stay on the field regularly I would go nowhere the amount of money/terms that he is looking for, a sentiment shared by many Giants fans.

 

 

 

Since Sandoval is looking for a Hunter Pence type contract, lets look at the comparison of the 2 players over the last 4 years.

Here is a look at Sandoval’s numbers since 2010:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2010 23 SFG NL 152 616 563 61 151 34 3 13 63 3 2 47 81 .268 .323 .409 .732 99
2011 24 SFG NL 117 466 426 55 134 26 3 23 70 2 4 32 63 .315 .357 .552 .909 155
2012 25 SFG NL 108 442 396 59 112 25 2 12 63 1 1 38 59 .283 .342 .447 .789 123
2013 26 SFG NL 141 584 525 52 146 27 2 14 79 0 0 47 79 .278 .341 .417 .758 119
6 Yrs 712 2895 2627 330 782 166 16 90 389 11 12 220 379 .298 .351 .476 .827 127
162 Game Avg. 162 659 598 75 178 38 4 20 89 3 3 50 86 .298 .351 .476 .827 127
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/23/2014.

and here are Pence’s numbers during the same period:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2010 27 HOU NL 156 658 614 93 173 29 3 25 91 18 9 41 105 .282 .325 .461 .786 112
2011 28 TOT NL 154 668 606 84 190 38 5 22 97 8 2 56 124 .314 .370 .502 .871 139
2011 28 HOU NL 100 432 399 49 123 26 3 11 62 7 1 30 86 .308 .356 .471 .828 128
2011 28 PHI NL 54 236 207 35 67 12 2 11 35 1 1 26 38 .324 .394 .560 .954 159
2012 29 TOT NL 160 688 617 87 156 26 4 24 104 5 2 56 145 .253 .319 .425 .743 103
2012 29 PHI NL 101 440 398 59 108 15 2 17 59 4 2 37 85 .271 .336 .447 .784 109
2012 29 SFG NL 59 248 219 28 48 11 2 7 45 1 0 19 60 .219 .287 .384 .671 90
2013 30 SFG NL 162 687 629 91 178 35 5 27 99 22 3 52 115 .283 .339 .483 .822 136
7 Yrs 1056 4474 4102 566 1169 218 35 165 615 89 42 329 817 .285 .339 .476 .815 120
162 Game Avg. 162 686 629 87 179 33 5 25 94 14 6 50 125 .285 .339 .476 .815 120
HOU (5 yrs) 680 2863 2649 353 768 145 24 103 377 61 36 195 519 .290 .339 .479 .818 117
SFG (2 yrs) 221 935 848 119 226 46 7 34 144 23 3 71 175 .267 .325 .458 .783 124
PHI (2 yrs) 155 676 605 94 175 27 4 28 94 5 3 63 123 .289 .357 .486 .842 126
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/23/2014.

The one number that jumps out at me when comparing the 2 players is games played. Pence has averaged 158 games in 4 years, Sandoval has averaged 130. That’s a difference of 28 games per season.

So until Sandoval can stay on the field and produce Pence like numbers, his contract should be nowhere near what Pence makes in my opinion.

Do you think that Sandoval deserve 5/90 like he is asking for? Reply in the comments section below.

 

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