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Pablo Sandoval regrets rejecting Giants for Red Sox

July 23, 2017

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Now that it’s all over with the Red Sox, Pablo Sandoval can say what he really feels.

Even if it hurts.

Sandoval was back in San Francisco today and spoke to reporters at AT&T Park about his minor league contract with the Giants and his decision to sign a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox before 2015, just after winning his third World Series in the Bay Area.

The Giants were said to have offered Sandoval a contract at least that size.

In retrospect, Sandoval wishes he took it.

“(I was) emotional, a lot of things happened,” Sandoval told reporters in San Francisco, according to the Mercury News. “I wish I could get back to that time, to get the opportunity to sign again. I would sign it. But it’s past. It’s past. I’m moving forward right now to do the best.

“Give me another chance. I’m here. That’s the most important thing. I’m here to show them that I am ready for it.”

Sandoval will report to Triple A. The Red Sox are still on the hook for almost $50 million and the Giants will have to pay him only a prorated portion of the league minimum if he makes the major league squad.

They’re expected to trade third baseman Eduardo Nunez (the Red Sox have reportedly shown interest) before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline, giving Sandoval a good week or two to prove himself in the minors, should the Giants want to give him another chance at third base.