It has been a confusing morning if you've been reading everything coming out about Pablo Sandoval. Early reports indicated that he had agreed to a five-year deal with the Red Sox worth about $100 million, before his agent vehemently denied to me and multiple other reporters that a deal was done.
Here's where everything stands now: Sandoval's agent, Gustavo Vasquez, has confirmed that Sandoval has not yet made a final decision and is still choosing between the Giants, Padres, and Red Sox. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reported that the final decision will come today, while other teams reportedly have not yet been told that they are out of the running to sign Sandoval. So he remains a free agent, with three teams technically in the hunt.
At this point, think of the Sox as the favorite to sign Sandoval with a slight-but-not-nonexistent chance remaining that he stays on the west coast. Premature leaks of a deal with Boston could be a negotiating tactic to get the Giants to increase their offer, especially with reports circulating that San Francisco has not made their final offer to Panda.
We'll know for sure by the end of the day. Stay tuned.