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The Giants are willing to trade left-hander Jonathan Sanchez

Nov 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

Jonathan Sanchez

Tim Lincecum probably isn’t going anywhere, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Giants are willing to trade left-hander Jonathan Sanchez.

After posting a 3.07 ERA and 205 strikeouts over 193 1/3 innings in 2010, Sanchez regressed to the tune of a 4.26 ERA this season. The 28-year-old southpaw struggled mightily with his command, averaging 5.86 BB/9, and didn’t throw another pitch after spraining his left ankle in mid-August. He also missed more than a month during the season with left biceps tendinitis.

The Giants are currently trying to clear payroll space in order to add some punch offensively via free agency, so parting with Sanchez makes plenty of sense on paper. Still, one wonders what the market will be for someone who is coming off a down year and figures to make as much as $6 million in his final year of arbitration.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 5, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Trade him to either the Red Sox or the Yankees please.

  2. Kyle - Nov 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see someone take a chance on him. For six mill or so, his upside is probably worth it.

    • paperlions - Nov 5, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      The problem is that teams will have to pay for him twice…..players to get him and his salary….if the cost in players is very high…he won’t be an attractive option.

  3. xmatt0926x - Nov 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    On one hand I see a lefty who can dazzle when he’s on and he will have a relatively low salary. On the other hand I see this guy and visions of a young Ollie Perez keep popping up in my head. Still, if the price is right he is a damn good 4th starter.

  4. baseballisboring - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Teams will be interested in the upside, but they’d be selling low on him I think. This kinda goes back to them spending over 25 million on their bullpen…if they have to trade Sanchez and his 6 million dollar salary just to add a couple of non-impact offensive pieces then that’s not good.

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