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Giants, Sandoval agree on three-year contract

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Giants, Sandoval agree on three-year contract

The Giants and third baseman Pablo Sandoval agreed to terms on a three-year deal Tuesday. The total deal is reportedly worth 17.15 million.

Sandoval earned 500,000 in 2011 and was arbitration eligible for 2012. The new deal buys out three of Sandoval's arbitration years.

According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Sandoval will earn 3.2 million this year, 5.7 million in 2013 and 8.25 million in 2014.

Sandoval, 25, will be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

Last year he batted .315 in 117 games, driving in 70 runs and hitting 23 home runs despite being sidelined for surgery of a fractured hamate bone. With Carlos Beltran hitting ahead of him, Sandoval flourished, batting .329 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs.

Sandoval also made the NL All-Star team for the first time in his career as well as notching a career-best 22-game hitting streak in July.

It was the longest streak by a Giants player since Jack Clark hit safely in a franchise-record 26 consecutive games in 1978.

Hours after the Giants announced the deal, Sandoval Tweeted his reaction to the news. Translated from Spanish to English, Sandoval wrote...

"I'd like to thank god, my entire family, @Mik3Sand0vAl , the agency @MAGOfficial, @gusvasquez28 @RyanMorgan10 @mike_v_23, the fans.To the San Francisco Giants for this achievement in my professional career. Without you, I don't know where I'd be. And now, I'm super focused for Spring Training and the 2012 season, to continue harvesting achievements in my career and for my Venezuela."

After his breakout season in 2009, Sandoval gained weight and struggled in 2010, contributing sparingly during the Giants' run at a World Series title. After the season, both manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean threatened Sandoval with a demotion to Triple-A if he didn't improve his fitness.

After going through an offseason workout program in Arizona, Sandoval returned lighter to start the 2011 season. Sandoval once again went to Arizona to participate in an offseason workout program this winter.
Rael Enteen is a web producer with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

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Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”