(CBS SF) — Former Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is reportedly working on a deal to return to San Francisco Giants.

Sandoval is close to signing a minor league deal with San Francisco to play for the Giants’ triple-A affiliate in Sacramento, , according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.

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Sandoval was released by Boston on Wednesday after the team designated him for assignment last week.

Nicknamed the “Kung Fu Panda” while with the Giants, Sandoval earned All-Star and World Series MVP honors and was a fan favorite during his seven seasons with the team.

In 2015, Sandoval signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox. But he was a monumental bust with Boston, never coming close to his Giants numbers during three injury-marred seasons.

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The 30-year-old Sandoval will continue to be paid by the Red Sox, who are on the hook for his entire remaining salary, a guaranteed $49.8 million. The Giants will be able to sign Sandoval for the league minimum.

The Giants will be able to sign Sandoval for the league minimum.


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