San Francisco Giants Make Pablo Sandoval Qualifying Offer
The Giants today made Pablo Sandoval a $15.3 million qualifying offer. Pablo is certain to reject it, which means the Giants get a draft pick if Pablo signs elsewhere. However, I don’t know if this means Pablo is more or less likely to take his talents elsewhere.
Making the offer was certainly the sensible thing to do, although the draft pick the Giants will receive is essentially an early 2nd round pick, and the Giants haven’t had much success drafting players after about No. 30 who amounted to much except by dumb luck. It seems to me that Pablo should return to San Francisco, but it will depend on just how much money Pablo insists on getting after another World Series victory.
Pablo has more value to the Giants than anyone else, because he really hasn’t performed that well in the regular season for several years now, and his is a body that will not age well. My feeling is that a six-year deal right at $100 million or slightly over (not more than $110M) would be right, simply because the Giants can afford to overpay a very popular player after winning another World Series. If someone wants to give Pablo more than that, the Giants should probably let him go, no matter how much the separation hurts in the short term.
However, the Giants don’t have a lot of really promising 3B candidates, and if they have to go to the free agent market to replace Sandoval, they’ll be overpaying just as much for what they get. I like Adam Duvall, but he’s definitely hit or miss as a major league third sacker with the bat, and his 3B defense pretty is assuredly not major league.
mlbtraderumors.com has a list of the players who have received qualifying offers today. Michael Cuddyer and Melky Cabrera look to be the two players who should most seriously consider accepting the guaranteed $15.3 million rather than testing the market.