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The Marlins send Gaby Sanchez to Pittsburgh for Gorkys Hernandez

Jul 31, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

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Less than an hour until the deadline and the trades are coming faster now. The latest: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are sending Gaby Sanchez to the Pirates in exchange for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a competitive-balance pick.

Sanchez, a first baseman, has cratered this year, hitting .202/.250/.306 in 196 major league plate appearances. He was demoted to New Orleans in early July, however, and has turned it around down there, hitting .302/.431/.491, albeit in a Pacific Coast League parks. He represents a potential upgrade for the Pirates if he can get back to his old form, but is by no means a sure thing.

Hernandez has a mere 26 major league plate appearances in his life — all this year — in which he went 2 for 24. At Indianapolis he has hit .257/.353/.346.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Wasn’t Gorky’s an 80s T&A movie?

    • number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Gorkys was the PG version… you’re thinking of Porkys

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        Well, yeah…I was kidding…though I was at PG age when it came out.

    • number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Yea.. i know you were joking. I was like 6 or 7 when that movie came out and in the first scene when he wakes up with a HUGE boner i couldnt figure out how his blanket was just floating in mid air

  2. Francisco (FC) - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Sanchez, a first baseman, has cratered this year,

    Whenever we say a baseball player craters, I have this cartoonish vision of a such a guy dunk head-first into a crater on the baseball diamond up to his mid-section, legs up in disarray and a bunch of stars or tweeting birds hovering just above the player.

    • - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      One of you creative arteest types should make this happen.

    • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      I see a coyote diminishing rapidly in the distance as he plummets, clasping the daisy which is trailing its torn dendrites, the roadrunner’s tailfeather still sitting on his head, his eyes bugging out. Then, nothing, Then, a tiny puff of dust way, way down at the limits of our fallible human sight.

  3. chill1184 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    I remember when the minions in the media kept saying that the Marlins were going to be the team other than the Braves to dethrone the Phillies for the NL East crown. In addition to competing for the NL pennant and possibility the WS. Funny how things work

    • kkolchak - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Proof positive that it takes more than just throwing a bunch of money around to compete for a championship.

  4. BigGreen89 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    If only he had a .350 OBP — that would be .250, Craig. I should know — had him active for a long time this year.

  5. number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Obvious “life goes on” joke here!

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:33 PM


  6. redguy12588 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Love this move for the Pirates. Gave up nothing for him.

    • kkolchak - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Got nothing in return.

      • redguy12588 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Except a 29 year old that was fantastic last season and has had a bad half year and a career low BABIP.

  7. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Gaby, we hardly knew ya. Of all the flameouts, implosions, Biblical plagues and sinkholes of this blighted season, the disappearance of Gaby Sanchez remains the biggest mystery to me. It’s always sad to see a native son expelled from paradise. He was a good guy, even if he dwindled into an utterly ineffectual ballplayer. Best of luck in Peetsburg, Gaby. Be sure to dry off thoroughly after every game so you don’t rust.

    • leerosenthall - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      I’ve always liked Gaby. Maybe he just needed to get out of that crazy situation. Pittsburgh has a beautiful ballpark and a good team this season. Perhaps he’ll return to his earlier form there and get to contribute to a playoff run. I know I’ll be rooting for him.

      (Speaking of crazy, did Showtime cancel The Franchise after two episodes or will we get to see more of that hideous owner, his pathetic stepson and than certifiable manager?)

  8. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    “…. dwindled into an utterly ineffectual ballplayer” ???? Hardly.

    Considering what the Pirates gave up (nothing) and what the Marlins are now trying to do with Lee (waivers), I’d say it was Marlin mgmt that’s become “utterly ineffectual”

    New Orleans = Paradise??? what you smoking? I’m sure any ballplayer would gladly swap a AAA ‘paradise’ for ANY MLB club.

    • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM


      1.) Do you know how to read a slash line? .202 /.250 /.306 /.556 with 3 homers and 17 – I repeat, 17 – RBI this season. If you can think of a kinder word than “ineffectual,” go ahead and find one.

      2.) What does Lee have to do with it?

      3.) By “paradise,” I was referring to Macondo, from which Gaby was sent into exile in the minors some weeks ago after establishing new personal standards for professional futility.

      First, learn how to read. Next, learn how to read between the lines. Finally, learn the performance history of the players you’re commenting upon before displaying your ignorance so breezily. And finally, stick to commenting on subjects you actually know something about. American Idol. Sponge Bob. Smoochy, the Pink Rhinoceros, for example.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM

        Hmmm…if Sanchez’s temporary slump is a bigger “flameout, implosion, Biblical plagus and sinkhole of this blighted season” to you than Marlin mgmt paying an overweight closer 10 million per season, or trading for Sanchez’s replacement and then trying to trade him/waive him (that’s where lee comes in you fool…he took Sanchez’s spot), then you take the cake as the #1 wanker..

        Go back to your queer eye for the straight guy marathon and leave the baseball talk to people who know what’s up.

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. Sanchez’ “temporary slump” is now two years old and counting, and he was getting worse every day. That’s worse, as in fewer hits, more runners stranded, less power per capita on a declining scale.

        Lee came in as a stopgap measure – he was at the end of a contract, was going to be a free agent at the end of the season anyway, the Feesh gave up nothing for him and are only paying the prorated share of the league minimum for a guy who got off the plane and promptly put up seventy more points of average, drove in half as many runs in three weeks as Gaby did all season, and played a nice steady first base.

        Since you imported Lee into this discussion as an irrelevant aside before, I guess you figured bringing Heath Bell into it might work better, it doesn’t, and until you learn how to read – I won’t hold my breath – all your idiotic rhetorical detours won’t work either. I didn’t at all say that Gaby’s collapse was the biggest or most important disaster of the season. That’s just you inability to look at a sentence and discern what it means. I said that his failure was the biggest mystery of them all to me – meaning, I was shocked that someone who seemed so talented once upon a time had so completely failed to live up to what I thought his abilities were. Big difference – but then, you’re not especially perceptive, apparently, so even big differences appear to elude you.

  9. magicrat13 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    don’t care about giving up hernandez….not thrilled giving up the competitive balance pick for someone who hit .202 this year….regardless of what he’s done in the past…..hope i am wrong here as it wouldn’t be the first time….

  10. exibitsman - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM


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