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Report: Pablo Sandoval to sign minor-league deal with Giants

Report: Pablo Sandoval to sign minor-league deal with Giants

BOSTON — The Panda’s going back to his old habitat.

Pablo Sandoval is poised to join the team the Red Sox signed him away from prior to the 2015 season, the San Francisco Giants, per reports. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com wrote that Sandoval is finalizing a minor-league deal and would report to the team’s Triple-A club. Sandoval was put on release waivers by the the Red Sox on Wednesday and would clear those waivers on Friday, so don't expect an official announcement before then.

Sandoval’s time with the Red Sox was up on Friday, when the team designated him for assignment. Sandoval informed the Sox on Thursday that he would not accept a minor league assignment inside the organization.

Immediately, speculation began that the Giants — who are presumably signing him for the minimum — would take a stab at Sandoval. San Francisco is the only other organization Sandoval has played for, and seemed to have a better handle than the Red Sox did on Sandoval’s weight issues.

Sandoval didn’t leave San Francisco for Boston under the best of terms, making some comments on his way out that he wouldn’t miss many people besides manager Bruce Bochy. Bochy is still there, and it seems the past might be forgiven.

Per Baseball-Reference.com's measurement of wins above replacement, the Giants have had the worst production at third base in the majors this season, -2.3 WAR. The Phillies are second with nearly an identical figure, with the Red Sox third, at -1.6.

Report: Brian Bannister leaving Red Sox to join Giants

Report: Brian Bannister leaving Red Sox to join Giants

After five seasons in Boston, Brian Bannister is taking his talents elsewhere.

The former Red Sox vice president of pitching development will join the San Francisco Giants, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Bannister was initially hired by the Red Sox as a scout in 2015. Later that year he was promoted to director of pitching analysis and development by then-Sox GM Dave Dombrowski.

In 2016, Bannister became Boston's assistant pitching coach and VP of pitching development. He was removed from the coaching staff but kept the latter title following the 2019 season.

Bannister spent five years as an MLB pitcher with the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals before pursuing a scouting/coaching career.

UPDATE (7:30 p.m. ET): Bannister confirmed his Boston exit Wednesday night in a pair of tweets thanking the Red Sox organization.

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Chaim Bloom: Red Sox 'exploring all options' with Mookie Betts

Chaim Bloom: Red Sox 'exploring all options' with Mookie Betts

Chaim Bloom continues to take the safe approach when it comes to conversations about Mookie Betts' future in Boston.

Bloom was asked on "NESN After Hours" about Betts' contract situation with the superstar right fielder set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. According to the Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer, who was hired in October, all options remain on the table.

“Well, I mean, you’re talking about, as you said, one of the great players in the game,” Bloom said. “We are thrilled to have him, and I know this organization prior to my arrival was happy to have him. Now we have to figure out how we go forward. I think where we are as an organization, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t explore all of our options. But we do that recognizing we have a very good team and one of the best players in the game and we’re going to handle the situation accordingly.”

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This kind of answer from Bloom is predictable, but it's telling that a possible trade involving the 2018 American League MVP hasn't been ruled out.

Boston has been adamant about its goal to cut payroll before the new campaign, and parting ways with Betts certainly would help accomplish that. If there's no indication Betts is willing to commit beyond 2020, trading him for a haul of prospects does make sense. Still, as Bloom acknowledges, Betts is one of the best players on the planet and the organization should aim to lock him up long-term.

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