Fox’s Jon Morosi reports that the Giants and Pablo Sandoval are “still far apart” in extension talks. Morosi says Sandoval wants at least five years on a long-term deal.
I have no idea how one could give Sandoval five years without being really creative with incentive clauses tied to weight, plate appearances and the like. He has the potential to be totally worth a five-year commitment, but his personal commitment to fitness has wavered so much, it makes such a thing scary. If you’re the Giants, you probably want to wait to see how this season goes before getting too far along with him.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.
Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.
Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.