SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston.
Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he's leaving.
"Got the call. He is going to the Red Sox,'' Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Monday.
Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP, had pondered an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years, a person with knowledge of that proposal said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no deal had been announced by the Red Sox.
The burly switch-hitter was beloved in the Bay Area, where fans sported panda hats in his honor _ including a quartet of oversized heads on a few fans during the franchise's latest championship run. His lasting memory will likely be the moment he leaned back on bent knees and raised his arms in triumph after winning another World Series championship last month.