Pablo Sandoval sent out a Tweet Wednesday night announcing his decision not to play in any games in Venezuela. However, he will still participate in his home country's home run derby.
The Giants' third baseman sent out the following in Spanish:
"Hola mi gente magallanera y fanatico del beisbol venezolano. La siguiente noticia es para expresar que no voy a poder participar con los Navegantes del Magallanes y en la pelota invernal organizada de Venezuela . Debido a que me encuentro en plena negociacion de mi contrato con los Gigantes de San Francisco . Espero entiendan mi posicion , esto es algo dificil para mi ya que ustedes muy bien saben , que yo quiero jugar en Venezuela y en especial con los Navegantes del Magallanes. Lo que si les garantizo es mi participacion en el Derby de Jonrones. Gracias por el apoyo mi gente ---- Y arriba la Nave Turca"
Translated to English, Sandoval said:
"Hello Magellaners and fans of Venezuelan baseball. The following news is to share that I will not be able to participate with the Magellan Navigators and Venezuelan winter ball due to the fact that I am in the middle of negotiations with the San Francisco Giants. I hope you understand my position, this is something difficult for me as you all know I want to play in Venezuela, especially with the Magellan Navigators. What I will guarantee is my participation in home run derby. Thanks for all the support, my people and lets go team!"
As of Tuesday, Sandoval's plans to play in his home country of Venezuelawere not finalized, according to Giants vice president of baseball operationsBobby Evans.Asked about Sandovals itinerary in the wake of the Wilson Ramos kidnapping,Evans told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that it is unclear how muchthe Giants third baseman will play in Venezuela.Initially, Evans said the plan was for Sandoval toparticipate in the home run derby and play 7-10 games with the Navegantes deMagallanes.
Sandovalsrepresentatives told Evans that the idea of a shortened trip has nothing to do with Ramoskidnapping. Instead, Sandoval wants to stick with his Triple Threat Performanceworkout program in Arizona.
Rael Enteen is a web producer with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN