1B/3B Pablo Sandoval
In probably the biggest surprise of the offseason thus far, the Giants brought back Pablo Sandoval on a minor league deal and extended him a spring training invite.
Coming off of his Tommy John surgery, it will be interesting to see how the injury impacts him during spring training and early in the season.
He is reportedly well ahead of schedule, which bodes well for his chance of making the team.
On a team lacking in entertainment value, Sandoval would be a welcome addition. However, he wouldn’t make the team simply to lighten the mood in the clubhouse. He was still a key contributor last season, hitting .268/.313/.507 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in just 296 plate appearances.
That is very solid production from a player who spent most of his time on the bench, so even if he doesn’t reach the same production levels as last year, he would still be nice addition to the roster.
He is also a nice insurance policy if the Giants decide to trade Evan Longoria during the season.
Oh yeah, and we can still wear our Panda hats to the park unabashedly if he makes the Opening Day roster.