This has been a crazy unexpected and disappointing season for the San Francisco Giants. Many things have been going wrong and it just weirder today when the Giants officially announced to signing back Pablo Sandoval on a minor league deal.
Pablo Sandoval was a great Giant. He was a part of three championships with this club. He was a fan favorite and enjoyed his time here. The Giants did not want him to ever leave in the first place. When it came time to re-sign him in the 2014 off season, he says he felt disrespected, maybe he got greedy and decided to leave to Boston because they gave a better offer. It is understandable of him wanting to leave for money this is a job after all. It was the way he left, talking down on the organization on his way out and essentially upsetting fans.
After signing his big 5yr/95mil deal with Boston, Sandoval did not play up to those expectations and was released. In his two and a half years in Boston, Sandoval only hit .237/.286/.360 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 161 games.
The Giants are not expecting much from Sandoval and are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with this signing. Today he apologized for his comments a few years back and he is ready to start over again with this team. The Giants are on pace to lose 100 games this season. There is nothing they can lose from this signing. Especially considering they are only responsible for the league minimum for pay.
The Giants are sending Pablo Sandoval to San Jose tonight. He is scheduled to DH tonight before heading out to Sacramento where he will stay until the Giants decide whether or not to bring up Sandoval. Bruce Bochy today discussed that the plan is to give Sandoval 40-50 at-bats before they make a decision on bringing him up.