Lowell Cohn: Hey Pablo Sandoval, you're no Hunter Pence

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, left, and Hunter Pence smile as they run on the field before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Friday, April 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Pablo Sandoval has a lot of nerve.

As you know, 2014 is the final year of Sandoval's contract. In baseball parlance it is his contract year. His representative and the Giants have been talking about an extension, and that's where things get sticky and that's where Sandoval has a lot of nerve.

His agent has asked for — demanded, actually — a five-year extension totaling, get this, $90 million. That's a lot of moola. It also happens to be the Hunter Pence deal — five years for 90 big ones.

The Giants have made their own offer, a sane offer — three years at $40 million. According to my arithmetic there's a $50 million chasm between what Sandoval wants to get and what the Giants want to give.

As Batman's Robin would exclaim, "Holy chasm!"

Sandoval has some nerve to compare himself to Pence. Last season, Pence hit 27 home runs. Sandoval hit 14. No comparison. Last season, Pence drove in 99 runs. Sandoval drove in 79. No comparison.

And here's the whopper. The past three seasons, Pence played 476 games, and that includes all 162 games in 2013. Sandoval played 366 games. No comparison. Three seasons equals 486 games. Figure out Sandoval's percentage of games played if you care to. Not a great percentage.

For this Sandoval wants the Pence deal.


Another thing. Pence waited for the Pence deal. The Giants made him play out his contract year before rewarding him with the big contract at the end of the 2013 season. He succeeded in 2013. He got rewarded. If Pence could wait, Sandoval can wait.

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