The Boston Red Sox have offered third baseman Pablo Sandoval a five-year $95 million contract. The free agent is also being targeted by the San Diego Padres and his former team the San Francisco Giants. The Red Sox and Padres seem to be after everybody right now, with San Diego targeting some bats. Boston also offered Jon Lester earlier in the week and they could get him back to go with Yoenis Cespedes, who they got in return for Lester at the trade deadline. You add those two players, with Sandoval, I think you are looking at the favorite to win the American League East and most likely pennant.
Pablo Sandoval hit .279 last season with 16 homers and 73 RBIs, but I think that his performance in the playoffs is were you will get your monies worth. Sandoval has a career .344 batting average in 167 postseason plate appearances. He has been on three World Series winning teams. Sandoval just knows how to win and that’s why I think he’s the best player available this offseason.
Sandoval is just 28 years old and should be entering his prime, which is scary if you ask me. The Red Sox are getting a steal, if they get him for an average of $19 million a year.