Pablo Sandoval wants at least a six-year contract

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Pablo Sandoval is coming off a solid walk year and an excellent postseason, so he’s thinking big as he sets his sights on the free agent market. Like, really big…

Asking for a six-year deal and actually getting one are two very different things. Granted, Sandoval is one of the youngest players in this year’s free agent class at just 28 years old, but conditioning has been an issue for him throughout his career and that makes him a big risk as he enters into his 30s. Still, as we usually see with free agents, all you need is one team willing to take the plunge.

Sandoval batted .279/.324/.415 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 157 games this season while finishing with an OPS+ of 111. The Giants would love to keep him, but the Red Sox are expected to be aggressive in order to secure an upgrade at third base. He’s likely to land a contract close to $100 million this winter.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the All-Star infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for $5 million during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo went to a hearing and asked for a raise from $715,000 to $2.45 million, while Miami proposed $2.1 million. The case was heard by Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch, who were expected to issue their decision.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.

Luzardo also is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Twenty-two players remain scheduled for hearings, to take place through Feb. 17. Among them, utilityman Dylan Moore and the Seattle Mariners have a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.