Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca 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.