Pablo Sandoval wants respect

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As Pablo Sandoval takes his offseason tour to Boston, his brother/agent had this to say about what the third baseman is looking for:

In an interview with Ch. 7, Sandoval’s brother and co-agent Michael Sandoval said his client is looking for respect.

“It can be Red Sox, can be any other uniform,” Michael Sandoval said. “The good part of this is he’ll get a chance to explore his value on the market, see who can really appreciate him and his work.”

Having watched free agents make the rounds over the years, “respect” tends to mean “the biggest contract,” so in this way he’s not unlike most free agents.

But I do wonder if some of the stuff from the Giants about his weight over the years irks him. It’s easy to forget about it in the afterglow of the World Series, but Sandoval may believe that he has been treated a bit like a child over the years in San Francisco. I’m not saying that’d be a rational thing — he’s an athlete and it’s not unreasonable for a team to have expectations about the shape its athletes keep themselves in — but it has been pretty public and maybe that bugs him.