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.

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.