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article imageSan Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval enters free agency

By Nicole Weddington     Oct 30, 2014 in Sports
Celebrating the San Francisco Giants' victory over the Kansas City Royals in the seventh and final game of the 2014 World’s Series was all that Pablo Sandoval was interested in.
“I'm going to celebrate,” Sandoval said to “I love being with this team, I love the fans, I love my teammates. I love everything here. What am I going to say?”
Sandoval caught the last out in the game, a foul popup hit by Salvador Perez. This secured the third Giants World Series win in the last five years. An incredible set of victories that Sandoval has been an invaluable part. He had 26 hits in the postseason, the most ever in one playoff season.
Now, the question looms. Where will Sandoval go, next year?
One of five free agents on the San Francisco roster, he wants to continue playing with San Francisco, if possible. However, the decision on how many and which of the free agents that the Giants will bring back rests with the team.
“I can't say of the five free agents that we'll get all five -- but it's possible we'll bring all five back. But I can't tell you it's a guarantee,” Larry Baer, Giants team president and CEO, said. “We'll be methodical. There's also these phases where guys sign early and other guys you've got to wait it through. But we feel pretty blessed to have the ability to go out and do some things.”
The Boston Red Sox have expressed interest in hiring Sandoval. The Giant’s star hit .279 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI this season. His post-season performance has turned Sandoval into a hot commodity in the free agent market.
“As far as what happens,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “I don’t know. It’s obvious I love this kid. I’ve had him since he came up, and hopefully something gets done. But these are things that take care of themselves in the winter.”
The Giants don’t have much of an in-house option to replace Sandoval. Rookie Matt Duffy would be the best replacement, but he only had 70 appearances at the plate during the regular season. The free agent market doesn’t have much in the way of prospects, either, with Chase Headley of the Yankees being the best of the mix.
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