The third baseman is entering the final year of his contract and it appears at this point a long-term deal won’t be reached prior to the regular season, which opens March 31.
The report indicated that Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez of SPS Sports Group, is hoping to land his client a deal similar to that of Giants outfielder Hunter Pence. Pence inked a five-year, $90 million extension in late September.
Sandoval’s weight has been an issue over the years, but he lost a significant amount of weight this offseason.
Lincecum hit hard but Giants rally: Tim Lincecum was tagged for 11 hits and seven runs, including three homers, but the Giants came all the way back to beat the Kansas City Royals 13-9 on Sunday. Making his fifth start of the spring, Lincecum gave up home runs to Salvador Perez, Jason Donald and Carlos Peguero. The right-hander also struck out seven and walked one in 4 2-3 innings.
Brandon Crawford sparked San Francisco’s eight-run sixth with a two-run homer. Brandon Belt hit an RBI single and Hector Sanchez added a two-run single.
Lincecum said he had some good pitches and bad pitches Sunday, but was generally out of synch. He thought his body positioning allowed his lower posterior to “float” toward the plate before the rest of his body.
“My pitch count was up and I was erratic,” he said. “I wasn’t throwing the changeup anywhere I wanted to. I wasn’t so much interested in the results than I was getting the work in. It [end of spring] has become more of a mental grind thing than mechanics. If this would have been a regular-season game, I would have studied the hitters more, but that doesn’t mean the result would have been any different.”
With two outs, Gregor Blanco hit a drive into the right-center gap, driving in two runs, and came all the way around to score himself for a 9-7 lead. The play was ruled a triple and an error, due to a dropped throw on the relay.
Roster moves: After Sunday’s game, the Giants optioned right-handed reliever George Kontos to Triple-A Fresno and sent left-handed reliever Dan Runzler to minor-league camp. Runzler earned the win Sunday against the Royals.