Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle and Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com later reported financial details of the Giants’ offer to Sandoval:
#sfgiants offered Sandoval five years, $95 million with a willingness to bump to $100 million, I understand. Not sure where they stand.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) November 24, 2014
Sandoval reportedly chose the Red Sox’s offer over those from the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. All three offers were believed to be for five years and at least $90 million.
Sandoval, 28, hit .279 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs last season. He has hit .294 with 106 homers and 462 RBIs in seven big league seasons, all with the Giants.
He has starred in the postseason, hitting .344 with six homers and 20 RBIs in 39 games, helping the Giants win three championships in five seasons. In Game 1 of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, he became the first player in baseball history to homer in his first three at-bats in a World Series game. He went on to win the World Series MVP award.
Sandoval, who reportedly rejected a three-year, $40 million contract extension offer from the Giants in March, was paid $8.25 million in 2014.
UPDATE: Fenway Park ought to consider temporarily changing its named to Flavortown, USA for the next week or so after the Red Sox braintrust made a pair of bold moves to bolster the Boston lineup following a last-place finish in 2014. Hanley Ramirez, who began his career with the Red Sox, is reportedly back for four years, $88 million.
Ramirez, who will turn 31 on Dec. 23, has primarily played shortstop throughout his 10-year career but has also told teams he would be willing to change positions.
The all-star shortstop rejected the Los Angeles Dodgers’ $15.3 million qualifying offer earlier this month to become a free agent. Ramirez won the 2009 batting title and led the NL with a 1.040 OPS in 2013 (among hitters with at least 300 plate appearances).