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Freddy Sanchez opts for back surgery, out for season

Jul 5, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

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Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who opened the year on the disabled list after he was slow to recover from shoulder surgery, underwent season-ending surgery to remove a portion of a disc from his back Wednesday.’s Andrew Baggarly reports the micro-disectomy went as planned, but Sanchez’s Giants career is still likely over, barring the decision to hand him another baffling contract extension.

Sanchez will have made about $20 million for hitting .290/.333/.387 with 11 homers in 78 RBI in 196 games with San Francisco. The Giants acquired him in a deadline deal with the Pirates in 2009. He played in just 25 games over the rest of that year and hit .284/.295/.324, but the Giants gave him a two-year, $12 million deal anyway. Making matters worse, they signed him to a completely unnecessary one-year, $6 million extension in April 2011.

Sanchez turns 35 this winter, so he’ll have an uphill battle as he attempts to make a comeback. Unless Brian Sabean is still gaga for him, he’ll probably have to accept a minor league deal and the chance to compete for a starting job.

  1. randygnyc - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Even though it’s less money, this is precisely the type of contract Big Papi is complaining other people get, whilst he gets humiliated.

    • bobulated - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      Yes, because playing for 15 million as a one dimensional 37 year old with a rep for juicing is certainly a slap in the face. I mean how does he even look at himself in the mirror after choking down that excrement sandwich?

  2. bobulated - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    The Giants have great pitching and I give Sabean credit for that but he often trumps it by handing out bad contracts to and trading youth for older, injury prone position players.

  3. thomas2727 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    I guess to me the money paid to Freddy does not seem horribly bad. But then again I am thinking of the $13 million to Rowand this season. The $10 million to Huff, The $18+ million to Zito and the $20+ million to Lincecum.

    • bobulated - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      IMHO you can’t count that Lincecum money as bad money; the dude produced far above his contract value every year in the bigs until this one. Anyone saying they saw him being merely mortal this year is probably not being entirely truthful. But the Rowand, Huff and Zito contracts are the kind of decisions that often get GMs fired.

      • thomas2727 - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        The real mistake will be if they sign Lincecum at near market value after the 2013 season. Even if he turns things around I will always have August of 2010 and the first half of 2012 in the back of my mind.

        The risk/reward is too high for the Giants to be a bidder on Lincecum past 2013 unless he wants to give a healthy “hometown” discount.

    • jrd8523 - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      Giants did a decent job with Lincecum. He was guaranteed to be making 18 million plus this year no matter what. The team didn’t dip into a single free agent year. They got his best seasons, and championship season, for peanuts and they never signed him for more than a 2 year commitment.

      Your basically including him because the number is high. You have to look a little deeper at what could have been. Tim’s salary this year is slightly higher than the low arbitration figure. It’s the players job to not fall off the face of the earth.

  4. jonirocit - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Freddy came thru when needed in 2010 and honestly I hope he feels bad and signs a minor league deal to make up for the free money .

  5. go49ers - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    I’m a Giants fan but they are super frustrating to watch. Today, blowing a 5-1 lead to a good Nationals team because our offense lacks hitting power and Affeldt horrible pitching. Pretty obvious issues for the Giants.

    I hope the best for Freddy Sanchez. Thanks for the 2010 memories!

  6. mgflolox - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Don’t EVER rule out Sabean’s ability to hand out ridiculous contracts to past-their-prime veterans.

  7. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    Get sluggers!

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