Giants, Sandoval agree on three-year contract


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.

Bill Murray to conduct seventh-inning stretch in Game 3 of World Series


Bill Murray to conduct seventh-inning stretch in Game 3 of World Series

For the first time since 1945, Wrigley Field will play host to a World Series game.

As the Cubs welcome the Cleveland Indians into town this weekend for Games' 3, 4 and 5 of the Fall Classic, several celebrities and Cubs legends will be in attendance.

The Cubs announced on Friday that actor and comedian Bill Murray, who has been a staple at Cubs games this postseason, will conduct the 7th inning stretch during Game 3.

This won't be Murray's first rodeo singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at Wrigley Field.


Arizona Fall League roundup: Eight Giants in action

Arizona Fall League roundup: Eight Giants in action

The Arizona Fall League hosts six teams featuring many of baseball's top prospects beginning in early October. This year, eight players from the Giants farm system are representing the Orange and Black on the Scottsdale Scorpions, which also consists of prospects from the Angels, Mets, Phillies, and Yankees. 

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Below are the eight Giants prospects on the Scorpions, managed by Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin, and their stats through a maximum possible total of 10 games. 

Giants Prospects

RHP Rodolfo Martinez
4 G, 0-0, 27.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 9 ER, 6 BB, 2 SO

RHP Tyler Mizenko
5 G, 1-1, 3.86 ERA, 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

RHP Tyler Rogers
4 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

RHP Chris Stratton
3 G, 3 GS, 1-1, 4.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 5 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO

C Aramis Garcia
7 G, .238/.333/.286, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 SO

C Eliezer Zambrano
4 G, .400/.400/.400, 4 H

IF Ryder Jones
9 G, .257/.278/.314, 9 H, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 13 SO

OF Hunter Cole
10 G, .263/.333/.447, 10 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 10 SO


-- The Scorpions hitting coach is former Giants first baseman Damon Minor, who spent four seasons (2000-2002, 2004) with San Francisco. Minor hit .232/.338/.400 with 13 home runs in his four-year career. 

-- Catcher Eliezer Zambrano's .400 average leads the team, though he has played in a team-low four games. 

-- Outfielder Hunter Cole ranks second on the team in both hits and home runs. He also leads the team with 38 at-bats. 

-- Infielder Ryder Jones leads the team in strikeouts at the plate. 

-- RHP Tyler Rogers is one of only two pitchers on the team yet to allow an earned run. 

-- RHP Chris Stratton leads the team in games started and innings pitched. He also ranks second in strikeouts. 

-- RHP Rodolfo Martinez's ERA ranks last on the team after his four games pitched. 

-- Mets outfielder and former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow, also on the Scorpions, is hitting .125/.176/.156 in nine games. His on-base percentage is second worst on the team while his batting average and slugging percentage rank third from last.