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Royals (finally) designate Jonathan Sanchez for assignment

Jul 17, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Mercifully, the Royals have designated Sanchez for assignment.


As if watching Melky Cabrera win All-Star game MVP while hitting .350 for the Giants wasn’t bad enough for Royals fans, now they’re being forced to watch Jonathan Sanchez implode every fifth game.

Sanchez, who was acquired from the Giants for Cabrera this offseason, has been the worst starting pitcher in baseball this year. Or at least the worst among starters who haven’t already been demoted from the rotation.

Sanchez’s latest clunker came last night, as he failed to make it out of the second inning against the weak-hitting Mariners while allowing seven runs. He’s now 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts, with more walks (44) than strikeouts (36) and 109 total baserunners in 53 innings.

That includes 23 runs in 17 innings over his last four starts, during which time opponents have hit .355 with a .462 on-base percentage and .658 slugging percentage off Sanchez. And yet as Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes, dumping Sanchez from the rotation still isn’t a sure thing for the Royals.

  1. randall351 - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I’ve decided to slant my view of the trade as a Cabrera for Ryan Verdugo trade with Sanchez as a throw in.
    There’s a bunch of chatter that Verdugo is getting called up to possibly make the start tonight, so we’ll see if that view of the trade eases the pain from an awful trade.

    • mattyflex - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      I have it from very good company that the Verdugo start tonight is correct. His little sister confirms this via twitter. Why do I have to learn news this way?

  2. yournuts - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    They couldn’t wait to get him out of San Fransicko. He was just awful. He has a lot of empty space inside ears but has real good stuff. He should never think.

    • ptfu - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Sounds like he has a million dollar arm but a five cent head. Crash Davis, please report to Kansas City.

      Also, I see what you did there with SF.

  3. thatyankeedude - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    I think Robinson Cano might have an idea what royals fans might have done to deserve Sanchez

    • kcfanatic - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM


    • kcfanatic - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Why is it OK for you East Coasters to boo anyone and everyone you want, and for the media there to be hard butts, but not okay for us in KC to do the same?

    • mattyflex - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Makes perfect sense, since Sanchez has sucked all year prior to the all-star game.

      Are you still mad about that?

  4. Kevin S. - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    “What have Royals fans done to deserve Jonathan Sanchez?”

    Boo Robinson Cano.

    • kcfanatic - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      If you don’t know the situation then don’t comment. It makes you sound ignorant. Do you even know or understand why Cano was booed? It was not because he didn’t pick Billy Butler. It was because when asked a week or so earlier if he would pick a Royal he said yes that is would be the right thing to do. Had he not went back on his word he would not had been booed.

      Why should a Royal be included you ask? Because the All-Star festivities are about the fans and the stadium was filled with 80%+ Royal Fans. Butler couldn’t have done any worse than the two captains.

      One last point. I want to make sure that everyone understands that KC has some great, supportive fans. We have had a CRAPPY team for years(No post season since 1985), but if we even get a hint of a winner on the field we are there. The number of fans we draw to the stadium is a higher percentage of population than almost any other MLB city. Just because our ownership sucks, does not mean that this city is not passionate about their teams. We broke records for attendance of the All Star Futures game, the Celebrity Softball game, and the 5k run. I’m not sure how we did with the actual All Star Game, but you can bet the stadium was packed. We represented our city, and MLB better than any other city has in an all star game.

      • djpostl - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        Cry me a river scrub. You’re the same fans who booed a guy playing on the AL team when “it means something”.

        Oh wait, your shitty ass pathetic franchise won’t sniff the World Series any time this decade so it probably doesn’t matter to you.

        If you’re such intelligent & passionate fans you wouldn’t give two shits about anything that happens surrounding the All-Star game until they address the bi-polar attitude of “it means home field..but fans pick the rosters”, “it’s really important..but every team has to be represented”.

        The whole thing is a f***in’ joke right now.

      • mattyflex - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        It’s not the fan’s fault for a “shitty ass franchise”. Some people were born in to Kansas City baseball and didn’t ask for David Glass. But I suppose that’s totally their fault.

      • nategearhart - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        djpostl: OMG, they BOOED a baseball player? Contract the team, they obviously have no idea how to conduct themselves.

      • rpb1234 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        Dude, if it were called the DOUBLES DERBY, KC fans would have a complaint. He is not now nor has he ever been a homerun hitter. I believe he would have selected a Royal if Hosmer or Moustakas (sp?) were available.

        Sure, boo the guy. The KC fan reaction went a little over the top. You are decrying how wonderful the KC fans are, yet when they get their moment in the spotlight they go all /”Philly/” on one of the nicest guys on the team. His frickin father was pitching to him and KC fans (not all but some) started harassing his family.

        If you are so proud about how the fans represented the city, you are deluded.

      • mcs7584 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        Nothing says “intelligent” like name-calling in an expletive-laden drivel in response to a thoughtful and well-articulated comment. Amiright, djpostl?

      • Kevin S. - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        Jokes. Learn to take them.

  5. rpb1234 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    If it turned out that Sanchez was good, they would just trade him for middling prospects anyway…

  6. ducksouped - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM


    The bay area.

  7. kopy - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    The Giants are were due after giving up Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, and Boof Bonser for AJ Pierzynski.

  8. JB (the original) - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Dear Jonathon,
    Thanks for taking the heat off of me.
    Nick Blackburn (4-5, 8.10 ERA in 13 starts, 112 baserunners in 63 innings, 4.3 K/9, and a whopping 2.1 HR/9)

    • Bryz - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      With the Twins’ own rotation struggles and Blackburn doing well in Triple-A, the Twin Cities media is commenting on how well he’s pitching down there and seemingly turning a blind eye to that 8.10 ERA.

    • thehollar - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Nick Blackburn. Razzball rotation stalwart #2. Now if only I hadn’t drafted Austin Jackson in the first round.

  9. flyerscup2010 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    my mans needs to hit up the DL real quick

  10. minimoose763 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    If Dave Righetti and the Giants coaching staff couldn’t make him a competent pitcher, then no one can.

    • SOBEIT - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Actually they did…and that’s why we were able to get Melky in the trade. But now the duct tape and chicken wire they used to hold Sanchez together seems to have fallen apart and all KC seem to get is the bad Sanchez. But I feel really bad for JS. I hate to see promising talent wasted. The kid has amazing swing and miss stuff…at least from what we saw in SF.

      I held my breath with that trade…not sure if Melky had a fluke season. Now I am just holding my breath that we can keep him and sign him to a long term deal….Sabean…calling Sabean, get that deal done!

      If he hits FA…I doubt we could afford to keep up with the number of teams that are interested in him now.

      • minimoose763 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        Righetti helped him up to a point. Remember how bad 2011 was?

    • SOBEIT - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:11 PM


      Oh I remember how bad JS could be. It was as frustrating watching Timmy this year. I was as frustrated as any Giant fan who watched a great outing followed by a 2 inning stinker. I am glad we unloaded when we did…but there were many Giants fans who wondered if it was the right trade for a bat…and we all now know how lucky we got in the trade in retrospect. Melky is not a fluke…at least the in shape, dedicated Melky.

      I was just saying that Righetti and staff did a good enough job to keep JS on the radar of at least one team that would give us value in return.

  11. southpaw2k - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    I guess the only reason why Jake Arrieta doesn’t have the title of Worst Pitchers in the Majors this year is because he’s in AAA currently (though I bet he’ll be called back up soon).

  12. gotmelk - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    What have the royals done to deserve this? By doing this…

  13. anythingbutyanks - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Just imagine if they had Lincecum and Sanchez in the rotation this year. Yeesh.

  14. thehollar - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Hey now. Everyone lay off Sanchez. He’s been an absolute star for my razzball team this year.

  15. mdpickles - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    It’s his abnormally small hands for his size.

  16. fugubeach - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    It seems like anyone that has the name Sanchez stinks. Like Mark Sanchez. Coincidence?

    • JB (the original) - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      ‘stinks’, or are they just ‘dirty’?

  17. sisqsage - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Sanchez has always been a head case. I remember when Bay Area reporters would ask him about cutting down on the walks and he never seemed to get why that would be a good idea. I mean clueless.

    We so don’t miss him.

    As far as the Joe Nathan-Liriano trade for A.J., how many times do we need to rehash that one? A.J. has proven to be a longterm quality catcher, which the Giants needed at the time. But it wasn’t a good fit because of his personality and salary via arbitration. Nathan choked in the 2003 playoffs as a closer-setup guy in S.F. Liriano has been up and down with some big time arm problems that are a slider or two from coming back. Do you really think he is better than MadBaum, Lincecum and Cain?
    What were Nathan and Liriano doing when the Giants went all of the way in 2010? The Twins never went any place special with those guys, so get over it already.

  18. randall351 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Praise the Lord!!

    Now if only they could move Frenchy for a bag of baseballs to make room for Myers .

  19. spoooooots - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    So…how long until he’s a Padre?

  20. fuddpucker - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Sanchez wanted out of KC from the very first day. He’s got his wish, but they way he dogged it will follow him around the rest of his(short) career.

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