SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The San Diego Padres have become the 4th team looking to steal slugging third baseman Pablo Sandoval from the San Francisco Giants, reports CBS Sports.

Baseball insider John Heyman says the National League West rivals are joined by the Red Sox, White Sox and Blue Jays in pursuit of the 3-time World Series champion.

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The Giants and Red Sox have generally been considered the favorites to sign the 28-year-old. CBS Sports reports that Sandoval is due to visit Boston this week.

The Giants have said resigning Sandoval, who has hit .460 during his three fall classic appearances, is their top priority this offseason. They have reportedly told other players seeking to renew their contracts that they will have to wait until “The Panda” makes his decision.

Giants CEO Larry Baer says his team’s payroll will go up from $164.7 million — sixth-highest in the majors — and the club will do what it can to keep Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP and a fan favorite.

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