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If the Marlins choose to sell, start with Anibal Sanchez

Jul 14, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

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While we’ve heard reports today that the Marlins may soon move their closer, Leo Nunez, there’s no fire sale in store for Florida this summer, not with the new ballpark opening next April.

Still, there’s something to say for striking while the iron is hot, and it’s never likely to be hotter for Anibal Sanchez.  Despite struggling in his final two starts before the break, Sanchez is 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA this season.  Capable of overmatching lineups when he’s on, he took a no-hitter into the ninth against the Rockies in April and into the seventh against the Nationals in May.

Sanchez, though, has a long history of injury.  From 2007-09, he made just 32 starts in three seasons because of shoulder problems.  He’s been healthy the last year and a half, but he’s struggled to bounce back on normal rest this season.  On four days’ rest, he has a 4.57 ERA in 11 starts.  On five or more days’ rest, he has a 2.01 ERA in six starts.

My feeling is that Sanchez is going to be a terrible risk on a long-term deal, and while he may well be able to help the Marlins contend next year in his final season before free agency, he’d be better utilized as trade bait.  The Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, Rangers and Rockies are among the teams likely to have interest if he’s made available.

For what it’s worth, the Sun-Sentinel’s Juan C. Rodriguez doesn’t think Sanchez will be traded.  Still, if it’d bring two top prospects in return, the Marlins should make the move.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 14, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    He pitched very well tonight, taking his usual no-decision because the Feesh didn’t score until the ninth inning for Mujica (as usual). He’s a fan favorite too – the fan told me, personally, that he’s his favorite – and even Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua can only do so much spitting in their fans’ faces, especially when they’re trying to be on good behavior in hopes of filling that gleaming new crock-pot of a stadium next year.

    • cptnew1 - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:35 AM

      Gator, assuage my curiosity. When Uncle Scrooge builds it in hopes that they will come, will the staduim only have 7,000 seats so that he can claim his team is selling out every home game? (I jest)

      On the subject of the post, I hope the fire sale does not include Sanchez, although I would love to have him here in St. Louis. We’ll give you Colby, but you must take his parental unit as well.

      • Old Gator - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:29 AM

        We were offered a comparable deal with Ozzie – you know, that incoherent greaseball who manages the Chisox – only we had to take his incoherent greaseball kids. So far, we have not been thusly accursed. But thanks for the offer of Colby; we might consider this deal even though we already have several outfielders, infielders and a catcher who aren’t hitting their weight – but only if, as part of it, you also take John Buck off our hands.

        Incidentally, as stadiums go, this one – big and creepy as it is – only contains 37,000 seats, even without a tarp. It’s being advertised as “intimate,” which I gather means you have even less of a chance than usual of getting out of the way of a line drive foul or a splintered bat. Turn to call the beer man and next thing you know you’re across the highway at Jackson Memorial having beautiful topless nurses fanning you with palm fronds and dropping grapes into your mouth – till you come out of anesthesia, anyway.

  2. cptnew1 - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    I see. Perhaps the fear of splintered bats forced Bono into emergency back surgery last year. As far as John Buck, I’m sure our resident mad scientist manager would turn him into a utility infielder. He surely has a better arm than Theriot.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jrs1.jpg

    VIP seating?

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