Source: Sandoval returning to Giants

'Panda' earned World Series MVP honors in 2012 for SF

July 20th, 2017

is coming back to San Francisco. A source told's Jesse Sanchez on Wednesday that Sandoval, recently released by the Red Sox, will sign a Minor League contract with the Giants. The deal is pending a physical, and Sandoval is expected to be in San Francisco on Friday.

The club has not confirmed the report.

Sandoval played his first seven Major League seasons with the Giants from 2008-14, winning three World Series with the club. He was an All-Star in 2011 and '12 and the World Series MVP in '12.

Sandoval signed with the Red Sox as a free agent prior to the 2015 season, but he struggled in three injury-plagued seasons with Boston. He played only 161 games for the Red Sox, hitting .237 with 14 home runs. The 30-year-old was released Wednesday.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Wednesday morning that there was a possibility for a reunion with Sandoval, in a radio interview with San Francisco's KNBR-AM 680.

"It's possible, we'll just have to see what the Red Sox do and see how this plays out," Evans said.

In his six full seasons with the Giants, Sandoval hit .292 while averaging 17 home runs and 73 RBIs.