The Red Sox corral a Panda

That was then: His third bomb of 2012 World Series Game One. This is now: The Panda goes to Beantown . . .

That was then: His third bomb of 2012 World Series Game One. This is now: The Panda goes to Beantown . . .

Yes, Giants fans. It will be a little strange to think of the Giants taking the field in 2015 without Pablo Sandoval at third base. It is a little strange that, when it came down to the proverbial nitty gritty, Kung Fu Panda ended up signing practically the same deal with the Red Sox that the Giants ultimately offered. Until you look past the raw numbers and the raw years, that is.

It won’t be easy to dispatch A-Rod

Rodriguez, stripped bare but facing an end?

Rodriguez, stripped bare but facing an end?

While poring over and pondering the gaggle of writings surrounding Alex Rodriguez last week, some of which was more than enough to gag, I bumped into John Feinstein. And got a little more than expected, which is customary when you bump into any one of his writings.

This time, Feinstein urged the Yankees to do what he and a good many believe has to be done and cut the tie, in any feasible way, with the man he now calls Lie-Rod. And reading onward I found Feinstein offering a curiously revealing insight, based on his work when writing a book (Living on the Black, published in 2008) examining pitchers Mike Mussina and (when he was a Met) Hall of Famer Tom Glavine.

Did the Cubs play Tamper Bay hiring Maddon?

Maddon, Chicago bound . . .

Maddon, Chicago bound . . .

At this writing Joe Maddon’s agent denies it while the Tampa Bay Rays ponder it. Did the Chicago Cubs tamper on the way to landing Maddon as their new manager and firing incumbent Rick Renteria?

Alan Nero, Maddon’s agent, told MLB Network Radio he believes Cubs president Theo Epstein wouldn’t even have spoken to Maddon without clearance from the commissioner’s office. “In my world, if someone in your family has an opportunity to better themselves, you give them your blessing and move on,” Nero said. “This accusation of tampering is really sad and a bit insulting.”