Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not setting a minimum amount of years in his contract discussions with interested teams, his agent, Gustavo Vasquez, told me tonight. Vasquez notes that he is "looking for the best deal for Pablo", and that they are not limiting their market to offers that guarantee a certain number of years.
Vasquez's comments come on the heels of reports that Sandoval is looking for a six-year contract on the open market. Just like every other free agent, Sandoval will sift through offers and choose a team based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the length of the contract.
Sandoval has engaged in contract discussions with the Giants since the end of the World Series, but word is they have not made a formal offer other than the 1-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer that Sandoval immediately rejected. As first reported by Joon Lee of SB Nation's Over The Monster, the Red Sox recently reached out to express their interest in Sandoval, and the sides will meet during next week's general manager meetings in Phoenix. Sandoval's agents hope to meet with multiple teams in Phoenix, and are in the process of scheduling meetings.
At this point, it's important to remember that it is very early in the offseason, and that Sandoval will explore all of his options before making a thorough, calculated decision. Reports of him nearing an agreement with any club at this point are very premature.