Farhan Zaidi has hilarious response for why the SF Giants brought back Pablo Sandoval

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The SF Giants brought back a fan favorite in Pablo Sandoval on a minor league deal with a camp invite. When asked about the reunion, Farhan Zaidi told Maria Guardado of MLB.Com, "We had to sign Pablo because the workout videos he was sending me were taking up all the space on my phone."

Farhan Zaidi has hilarious response for why the SF Giants brought back Pablo Sandoval

We have all been there before. You are trying to add a new app to your phone, but you do not have enough storage. It is because you have too many pictures on your phone of your dog and you cannot find a single picture of her to delete. Okay, maybe I should say that I have been there before.

The addition of Sandoval will inject some life into spring training, especially considering that it is a no-risk move. There is nothing to lose with this deal. And, if the 37-year-old happens to perform, it could make things a little interesting.

The Giants have a need for a left-handed-hitting infielder with experience on the left side of the diamond. We have looked at just about every option in free agency, on the trade market, and on waivers. However, the answer just might be the one that has been hiding in plain sight the whole time and that is Sandoval.

Of course, Sandoval's career résumé is well known among Giants fans. He was signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2003 and really burst onto the scene in 2008 without being on the prospect radar whatsoever.

His arrival coincided with the Giants' competitive window opening. Around that same time, so many cornerstone Giants players reached the majors including Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, and Sergio Romo. Of course, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford followed shortly thereafter.

This core went on to win three World Series titles in five seasons beginning in 2010. Sandoval won another championship ring with the Atlanta Braves in 2021 despite not finishing the year on the roster. He earned two All-Star nods in his 14-year career, and my younger self is still annoyed that he was not selected to the NL All-Star team in 2009.

The corner infielder, who is strictly a lefty bat now, has not appeared in a game since being released by the Cleveland Guardians in 2021. His last quality season came in 2019 when he tallied an .820 OPS with 14 home runs in 296 plate appearances with the Giants.

Does he have anything left to offer? Only time will tell, but it is a fun story to follow. For what it is worth, Sandoval is coming into camp in really good shape and that is an encouraging sign.