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Padres reportedly have highest offer to Pablo Sandoval; Red Sox, Giants 'close'

The free agent third baseman will reportedly choose his next team by Thanksgiving.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The free agent sweepstakes for third baseman Pablo Sandoval appear to be coming close to an end. The San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and incumbent San Francisco Giants are all "close" in offers made to him, per multiple reports.

Gustavo Vasquez, Sandoval's agent, told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that the third baseman has offers in from all three teams and will decide next week.

The Red Sox made a reported offer of five years, $95 million to Sandoval, but the Padres and Giants were said of have "pulled even" with Boston, per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the Padres made the highest offer, with both Cafardo and Shea noting a sixth year would likely get the deal done.

All Vasquez would confirm to Rosenthal is that offers from the three teams were "close."

Sandoval hit .279/.324/.415 with 16 home runs and 26 doubles in 157 games for the Giants in 2014. He also set a major league record with 26 hits in the postseason, hitting .366/.423/.465 in 17 games in October. San Francisco won its third World Series title in five years, all with Sandoval at third base.

The 28-year-old, signed by San Francisco as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela, is a two-time All-Star and is a career .294/.346/.465 hitter with 106 home runs and 192 doubles in parts of seven seasons. He made $8.25 million in 2014, his final season of arbitration eligibility.