Giants confident they're in Pablo Sandoval chase

Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans says he has been given “every indication” Pablo Sandoval will give careful consideration to re-signing with the World Series champions.

Evans said the free agent third baseman could decide on contract offers as soon as Thanksgiving next week. Evans spoke with Sandoval agent Gustavo Vasquez again Thursday, and they have been in regular contact.

“I have every indication that we're very much in the middle of this process,” Evans said during a telephone interview after speaking on KNBR (680 AM). “The timeline that I mentioned today is just my sense, that he'll come to a point where he's more likely to make a decision before Thanksgiving. There's no deadline, that's just my sense.”

Sandoval met with the Boston Red Sox this week.

Evans hasn't confirmed details of any possible San Francisco offer to the 2012 World Series MVP, who has been part of all three championships in the past five years. Talks regarding a long-term deal broke down during spring training.

“We began discussions with Gustavo even before the signing window was over,” Evans said. “We've been engaged ongoing. I don't want to give any information that can be used by another club to their advantage. We're in regular contact and have engaged them from very early on.”

Vasquez has not returned calls or e-mails regarding the Sandoval negotiations.

Following the Oct. 31 victory parade, Sandoval said he wants to play the rest of his career for the Giants.

The switch-hitting “Kung Fu Panda” hit .279 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 157 regular-season games for the Giants and .366 in the postseason with seven doubles and five RBIs, four of those during a seven-game World Series win against Kansas City.

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