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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.

Giants lineup: Hernandez takes over at top of the order

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Giants lineup: Hernandez takes over at top of the order

Despite the Brewers starting a right-handed pitcher, Bruce Bochy is going with Gorkys Hernandez to set the table for the Giants Wednesday.

Milwaukee Brewers (66-61)

1. Jonathan Villar (S) 2B
2. Domingo Santana (R) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
5. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
6. Manny Pina (R) C
7. Keon Broxton (R) CF
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Matt Garza (R) P

San Francisco Giants (51-77)

1. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
2. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Carlos Moncrief (L) RF
8. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
9. Matt Moore (L) P

Bobby Evans opens up on Giants’ concussion issues this season

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Bobby Evans opens up on Giants’ concussion issues this season

The injury bug has taken one unpredictable bite out of the Giants' 2017 season. Recently, they have been hit hard by concussions, both in the big leagues and with their top draft pick. 

San Francisco is currently without the right side of its infield in Brandon Belt and Joe Panik as they sit on the 7-day concussion DL. Heliot Ramos, who the Giants took No. 19 overall in the 2017 MLB Draft, is the latest to take a hit to the head

Ramos, 17, was hit by a pitch Sunday night in the Arizona Rookie League.

Giants GM Bobby Evans was asked in an interview with The Athletic Wednesday how the recent uptick in concussions have changed how the team handles the injury. 

I think the concern continues around the game and around all of sports. We are very much aware of the risks associated with not allowing a player to fully recover from one.

We want to make sure in every form that we get guys healthy and that they aren’t playing again until they are ready to go. That takes patience on our part, but I applaud the work of baseball to protect the player and obviously appreciate the diligence of what our medical staff does to continue to monitor even the smallest sign of a concussion.

Belt has now sustained four concussions in his career between college and pro ball. His return to the team this season is still up in the air. Panik, who was also concussed last season after getting hit in the head by now-teammate Matt Moore, played in his first rehab game Tuesday night with the Sacramento River Cats.

Along with Ramos, who was hitting .348 with six home runs at the time of his injury, top picks Jacob Gonzalez and Aaron Bond have impressed Evans with their play in the Rookie League. 

It’s tough to come into a league like that and hit for average and contribute the way that they have. They’ve put themselves in a very good position to start their careers. We are proud of them and are hopeful that we can continue to see more from them as they progress through the system.

Their regular season will end here shortly and then they will go into at some point an Instructional League and then move on to an offseason before they come in next spring. I think they’ve got to be very proud of what they have accomplished this season.