No need to start hitting grounders to Buster Posey at third base quite yet.

A drastic move to replace Pablo Sandoval would be premature despite a $50 million divide between the Giants and their World Series MVP. A starting point is just that, both sides engaging to talk further about bridging the gap.

But ... if the Giants aren't going to get a lot closer to Sandoval's price, they should prepare for the Panda Farewell and Appreciation Tour. Panda hats full price this year, two bits next year.

The Sporting Green's Henry Schulman reported that Sandoval's agent, Gustavo Vasquez, rejected a three-year offer for about $40 million and asked for at least Hunter Pence money, five years and $90 million, the kind of funny bucks tossed around these days to players with Sandoval's star power.

Leadoff hitters Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo received deals averaging $21.9 million and $18.8 million over seven years, respectively. As for third basemen not named Alex Rodriguez or Miguel Cabrera, consider that the Mets' David Wright averages $17.25 million and Washington's Ryan Zimmerman $16.7 million, and those contracts were signed in 2012 - before the market got a whole lot nuttier.