SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is denying a report that he has dropped 42 pounds this off-season.
In two tweets sent Wednesday morning, Sandoval wrote, "I just wanted to express my opinion about some media comment about me losing 42lbs, I haven't made any comment about how much weight...
"... I had lost so far. the day everyone will find out is the day before we report for ST 2014 - On a Mission - God Bless You all."
The Giants have spent years trying to convince Sandoval to get into better shape, and according to Rafael Rojas of Meridiano TV, the Panda told reporters in his native Venezuela that he has dropped 42 pounds this offseason.
Sandoval can be a free agent after this season, and he had a disappointing 2013 campaign, hitting just 14 homers while struggling with his range at third base.
Sandoval weighed more than 280 pounds at one point in the 2013 season, according to team sources, but he started slimming down during the summer after hiring his brother, Luis, as a full-time personal chef.
Another brother, Michael, has been documenting Pablo's offseason workouts on social media. The 27-year-old slugger has gone through two-a-day workouts while preparing for the upcoming season and will get back in the batter's box Friday, when he plays for Magallanes in the Venezuelan League semifinals.
The Giants left Sandoval's offseason conditioning in his hands, confident that his contract status would provide sufficient motivation. Despite the past weight issues and a history of trips to the disabled list, Sandoval figures to have a long line of suitors in a market devoid of impact bats. General manager Brian Sabean, anticipating a bidding war next winter, said the club could approach Sandoval with a contract extension sometime before opening day.
"Position players, especially a switch-hitter with run-producing capability, are hard to find," Sabean said at the winter meetings. "He's not going to be short on suitors, trust me, no matter what his weight is."