Pablo Sandoval rejects qualifying offer from Giants

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Pablo Sandoval has rejected the qualifying offer from the Giants, turning down a one-year, $15.3 million contract in order to hit the open market as a free agent.

It was an easy decision for Sandoval, who should have no trouble securing a multi-year contract for similar annual money and can still re-sign with the Giants if he wants to do so. San Francisco will receive draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.

Sandoval hit .279 with 16 homers and a .739 OPS in 157 games this season. He hasn’t been able to duplicate his big 2011 production, posting a sub-.800 OPS in three straight years, but Sandoval has been a solidly above-average hitter during that time and is young for a free agent at 28.