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Report: Pablo Sandoval is interested in reuniting with Giants


FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that third baseman Pablo Sandoval may be interested in a reunion with the Giants, according to an unnamed source close to the infielder. It’s not the first time the two have been linked, and Heyman adds that the Giants have expressed some unofficial interest in bringing Sandoval back to San Francisco. The Red Sox designated Sandoval for assignment on Friday and have nine days remaining to facilitate a trade before he passes through waivers. Assuming he gets released after clearing waivers, any team he signs with will only be responsible for the minimum salary requirements, leaving Boston to pick up the rest of his $95 million check.

Sandoval, 30, failed to impress during his three-year stay in Boston. He slashed .245/.292/.366 with the Red Sox in 2015 and sat on the bench for all but three games of the 2016 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He returned to the Sox’ lineup in 2017, but batted an underwhelming .212/.269/.354 with four home runs and a .622 OPS through the first half of the season.

Returning to San Francisco could give Sandoval the change of pace he needs for a bounce-back performance, but it also comes with its fair share of controversy. The two sides didn’t part amicably in 2014, when the veteran infielder made some disparaging comments about the team and cited a lack of respect between general manager Brian Sabean and his former agent, Gustavo Vasquez. Sandoval appears to have had a change of heart in the years since his departure, and there’s no doubt the Giants could use another glove in the hot corner, but whether the two can come to an agreement remains to be seen.

Report: Mets showing interest in Bartolo Colon

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Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.

Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.

Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.