Pablo Sandoval, the former Giants third baseman, became a Giant once again on Saturday. After being released by the Red Sox on Wednesday, he inked a minor league deal with his very first team and made his debut with the San Jose Giants on Saturday night. But that also means that Sandoval spent most of his Saturday eating a giant slice of humble pie. See, when he left the Giants in 2014 to sign a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox, he didn’t leave on the best terms. He said that the Giants disrespected him and his agent, and he wanted to leave so badly that he actually left money on the table in San Francisco to sign in Boston.
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I’ll go out on a limb and predict how this trade will go: O’Neill will hit 40 home runs for the Cardinals and make at least three All-Star teams, whereas Gonzales will confuse the Mariners and miss extended stretches of time while the team screws up around him. This is not based on scouting or stats or logic of any kind. This is based on the Cardinals being the Cardinals, and the Mariners being the Mariners.
The worst part is that Mariners fans won’t even send me angry emails for writing that. They know. It makes me feel uncomfortable.
On the other hand, we’re in a post-Cubs world, in which curses are a devalued currency. Gonzales has always impressed me, and he could be a low-cost fit for the Mariners rotation for years. In theory, I think this is a great trade for both sides, with both teams turning a logjam into a fix for the current Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys roster.
In practice, I don’t trust either of these teams, but in very Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys different ways. Be vigilant, friends.