Giants GM: Impending free agency could've fueled Sandoval's weight loss

Jonah Birenbaum

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Giants general manager Brian Sabean recently suggested that the prospect of a huge payday after the 2014 campaign could've compelled portly third baseman Pablo Sandoval to lose some weight this offseason, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

"Perhaps his pending free agency might be his best medicine," said Sabean.

Sandoval, who's spent the last six seasons with the Giants, has struggled to manage his weight throughout his career, and Sabean recently said he'd only consider a contact extension with Sandoval if the 27-year-old reports to spring training in shape. With free agency looming, Sandoval obviously heeded Sabean's advice, and recently posted a photo of himself looking considerably slimmer.