SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco Giants World Series star Pablo Sandoval on Tuesday reportedly declined the team’s $15.3 million qualifying offer presented to him on Monday.
The third baseman was expected to decline the offer, a move that sees the Panda entering free agency in hopes of signing a bigger contract. Because Sandoval turned down the offer, the Giants will receive draft-choice compensation if another team signs him.
“It’s standard procedure with top-end free agents, nothing more,” Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans told MLB.com. “It doesn’t change our interest in bringing him back. We’re interested in [signing] Pablo for more than one year.”
An offer could be made only to a free agent who was with the team for the entire season, and players have until Nov. 10 to accept. The price was determined by the average of the top 125 major league contracts this year by average annual value.
None of the 22 qualifying offers made after the past two seasons was accepted.
The 28-year-old Sandoval is one of the leagues top free agents, and the Panda boosted his value during his strong 2014 postseason performance with clutch defense and timely offensive production. The two-time All-Star is reportedly being aggressively pursued by the Boston Red Sox.
The Giants declined to make qualifying offers to free agents Michael Morse and pitchers Sergio Romo, Jake Peavy, and Ryan Vogelsong.
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