According to a tweet from the San Francisco Giants, the club has avoided arbitration with third baseman Pablo Sandoval and signed him to a three-year contract.
Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News hears that the deal is worth $17.15 million dollars plus incentives.
Baggs says Sandoval will earn $3.2 million dollars in 2012, $5.7 million dollars in 2013, and $8.25 million dollars in 2014, which eliminates all three arbitration years.
The Kung Fu Panda earned a measly $500,000 last year.
Sandoval’s signing accentuates a McFlurry of action by the Giants, who also avoided arbitration with Nate Schierholtz, Santiago Casilla, and Melky Cabrera earlier today. Angel Pagan‘s announcement was made yesterday, leaving just Sergio Romo and Tim Lincecum as the only two arbitration-eligible players left on the Giants’ original list of 11 players.
The Giants got a fantastic deal on Sandoval, who has thrived at the plate and in the field since committing himself to an off-season workout regimen the past two years.