MLB’s Rob Manfred says there’s no discussion about eliminating non-player pensions

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Yesterday Adam Rubin reported that MLB owners are poised to vote to eliminate the pension plan which covers non-uniformed employees. Last night Bob Nightengale tweeted thusly:

 

“No discussion” is an interesting way to put it. That could mean it’s not happening. It could mean that it’s something being considered among owners without Manfred or MLB in the loop. It could mean that it’s all on paper.

Given the importance of this issue to so many working people in MLB offices and out scouting in the fields, perhaps a statement affirmatively saying that their pensions are secure would be the way to go, if that is indeed the case.

The Giants are considering Pablo Sandoval at second base

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Pablo Sandoval could be tabbed to play second base in the near future, per a report from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Shea, Sandoval has been spotted taking grounders at second during pre-game warm-ups and may be considering switching to the keystone on a part-time basis.

It wouldn’t be the weirdest thing the 31-year-old corner infielder has done this year — that distinction goes to the flawless inning of relief he pitched in a blowout loss against the Dodgers last month. But it would represent a pretty notable departure from his comfort zone even so; Sandoval has primarily manned first and third base throughout his 11-year career in the majors and has also taken a few reps at DH during his resurgence with the Giants in 2018.

Of course, this wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent switch for Sandoval. As Shea points out, the Giants are thin on middle infielders after losing Joe Panik to a torn UCL in his left thumb and backup Alen Hanson to a left hamstring strain. Provided he can get up to speed quickly (no easy feat, according to infield coach Ron Wotus), he’d give the club some added depth behind Kelby Tomlinson and Miguel Gomez until Panik is ready to take the field again. Sandoval has impressed at the plate this spring, batting a healthy .270/.329/.429 with six extra-base hits and a .757 through 70 plate appearances.