Pablo Sandoval likely to receive qualifying offer from Giants
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/23/2014) The Giants are expected to extend the qualifying offer of $15.3 million to potential free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, sources have told MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

The two sides broke off contract talks in spring training. The team claimed its unwillingness to sign Sandoval for more than three years while he was seeking a nine-figure contract, per Heyman.

Several teams appear interested in Sandoval, including the Red Sox and Yankees, both of whom are seeking major upgrades at that position, as well as the Marlins.

Sandoval rebounded from a .171 start to the season to bat .279 with 16 home runs. He owns a .333 postseason batting average and is again thriving in that role in 2014.

Giants' Pablo Sandoval drives in two in Game 1 World Series win
by R.J. White |
(10/21/2014) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI in his team's 7-1 win over the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday.

Sandoval opened and closed the scoring for the Giants in the win, delivering an RBI double in the top of the first inning (and later scoring on a Hunter Pence home run) then adding an RBI single in the seventh to push the lead to 7-0. While he has yet to deliver a home run this October, Sandoval has been hard to conquer at the plate, hitting .333/.396/.438 in 48 postseason at-bats.

Giants' Pablo Sandoval notches three hits Saturday
by Chris Cwik |
(10/11/2014) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval picked up three hits Saturday against the Cardinals.

Sandoval would kick off the scoring for San Francisco, doubling in the second inning. He would eventually come around to score the team's first run of the game. Sandoval would add two more singles and a walk, reaching base four times. He finished 3 for 4, with one run scored. 

David Wright 'optimistic' about Mets' outlook in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/9/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright is pretty optimistic about New York's outlook in 2015, according to

"We're obviously going to look to better the team this offseason, whether it's through trades or free agency," Wright said during an interview with ESPN Radio Wednesday. "We should be ready to roll come spring training because I'm sure expectations are going to be fairly high on us and expectations on ourselves should be high.

"There's a lot of positives looking forward to next year. Obviously I'm optimistic and Mets fans should be optimistic but we have to go out there and prove it now."

Mets 3B David Wright happy with rehab from shoulder injury
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/8/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright has expressed satisfaction in an interview with ESPN Radio about his rehab from a shoulder injury that wiped out his last month of the season.

The shoulder bothered him through the summer and resulted in an uncharacteristically poor numbers. His rehab is scheduled to be completed around Nov. 1.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Wright said. "I'm excited to finish this six-week rehab program ... and go hopefully clear to start my normal offseason routine. The motivation for me is to be healthy first and foremost."

Wright finished 2014 with a .269 average and just eight home runs.

Surgery not required for Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez
by Igor Mello |
(10/6/2014) After being re-examined the day before his team got eliminated by the Giants, Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez will not require surgery for the stress reaction in his left foot, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Alvarez played just one game since Aug. 27 because of the issue. He batted .231/.312/.405 over 398 at-bats. 

Giants' Pablo Sandoval extends postseason hitting streak in dramatic fashion
by Igor Mello |
(10/5/2014) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval provided the hit that caused the longest game in postseason history on Saturday.

Sandoval made his presence felt at the dish, sending Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals to extras thanks to a two-out RBI double in the ninth off closer Drew Storen. With the hit, he extended his postseason hit-streak to 13 games. Sandoval struck out twice and finished 1 for 7 with an RBI in a 2-1 win in 18 innings, a game that lasted over six hours. He has four hits in 16 at-bats this postseason.

Matt Carpenter homers, drives in four runs in Game 1 win
by R.J. White |
(10/3/2014) Cardinals third base Matt Carpenter went 2 for 5 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 10-9 win over the Dodgers Friday in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Carpenter knocked a solo home run in the sixth inning to reduce his team's deficit to four runs before the Cardinals exploded for eight runs in the seventh, three of which came on a bases-loaded double by the third baseman. He hit just eight home runs in the regular season while posting a .272/.375/.375 line in 595 at-bats.

Josh Harrison the only bright spot Wednesday
by Chris Cwik |
(10/1/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was the lone bright spot Wednesday night.

Harrison was the only player on the club to collect two hits during the outing. In his final two at-bats, Harrison hit two singles. The Pirates managed just four hits off Madison Bumgarner during the contest. Half of those came from Harrison's bat. Harrison enjoyed a breakout during the regular season, hitting .315/.347/.490 over 520 at-bats. 

Pedro Alvarez, Chris Stewart out of wild-card lineup
by R.J. White |
(10/1/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (foot) and catcher Chris Stewart (wrist) are not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants. Alvarez hasn't played since Sept. 5, while Stewart sits in favor of regular starter Russell Martin.

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