The Giants just announced they have reached a three-year deal with third baseman Pablo Sandoval that will buy out all three years of his arbitration eligibility and take him to free agency after the 2014 season. This is a remarkable turn of events considering that after the World Series in 2010, the Giants threatened to send Sandoval to the minors in 2011 if he did not get in physical shape.

He did just that, and with this contract the Giants are saying they have faith that Sandoval will stay in shape. He is under team control for three more years. They did not have to give him anything more than a one-year deal.