Blue Jays to meet with Pablo Sandoval next week


Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports that the Blue Jays are planning to meet next week with free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and his representatives. Sandoval is also expected to have face-to-face meetings with the Red Sox and White Sox, and the Giants have made it known that they are going to make a strong effort to retain him.

Sandoval rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from San Francisco earlier this month, meaning his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. But that shouldn’t affect his chances of scoring a contract worth close to $100 million. The word is that he’s seeking a six-year deal.

Sandoval is a .294/.346/.465 career hitter and he owns a terrific .344/.389/.545 career line in the postseason. There are concerns about his body type and commitment to conditioning, but the 28-year-old appeared in 157 games this past season and it’s a weak free agent market for position players. He’s going to cash in.

Toronto got a weak .234 combined batting average and .287 OBP from the third base spot in 2014.