Found January 18, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
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Tuesday was the last day that teams could announce the amount of money they would want to offer their arbitration-eligible players, but it was the San Francisco Giants who ended up making a move that would allow them to not have to worry about what to do with one of their stars on offense. They inked third baseman and crowd favorite Pablo Sandoval to a three year, $17.15 million deal, effectively signing the not as portly Kung Fu Panda through the rest of his arbitration years before he becomes a free agent for the 2015 season.After a break out performance during his first full season in the majors back in 2009, Sandoval took a major step back in 2010 thanks to weight issues and poor performance, an odd dichotomy considering the team went on to win the World Series. The Giants had hoped that Sandoval would come back with a vengeance in 2011, and thanks to an offseason workout regimen that saw him lose 40 pounds, Sandoval was in the best shape of his young career and ended up having ...
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