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Twenty teams have called about Freddy Sanchez? OK.

Jan 8, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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Freddy Sanchez hasn’t played a game in the majors since June 10, 2011. The reason: shoulder and back surgeries, each of which can, independently, drain a big leaguer of any value he once had. But teams are willing, apparently, to at least give him a chance:

Interest in free-agent second baseman Freddy Sanchez has picked up since the start of the New Year, agent Paul Cobbe told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. About 20 teams have asked to take a look at Sanchez’s medical records, Cobbe said.

If it’s from the agent take it with a grain of salt, but it would not be shocking to see someone take a chance on Sanchez, hoping for a low-risk addition that could, possibly, bring along some offensive upside. Think of it as an Eric Chavez-lite situation.

  1. bsbiz - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Not mentioned in the story: the fact that nineteen of the teams were really just looking for the Birmingham, AL artist’s recommendations for decorating their offices.

  2. spudchukar - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Look for St. Louis to be one of the seriously interested teams. They have money to burn, or pocket, still could use some help at second base, unless they think Wigginton or Carpenter are realistic alternatives, and could use some depth, especially if Kozma begins 2013 in Memphis.

    • cardsfanandi - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      I actually looked up to see what position he played, and when I saw he was 2B I hoped Stl would be interested. Even a gamble like Sanchez would ease my mind more than seeing Matt Carpenter at 2nd after just one offseason of working out there and very little, if any, time playing there in the past. After the odd signings they’ve made this offseason, it would be nice to see them try to fill an obvious defensive gap.

      • tuberippin - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        A brittle 2B and a converted corner-IF-turned-2B will probably be about equal defensively. Freddy would have to be 100%, which he hasn’t been in two years, to justify a deal, imo.

  3. sisqsage - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    This surprises you?
    “Give him a chance” could mean just about anything.
    Sounds about right that 20 teams feel they need help at 2B. a position where alot of teams teams are always lacking. The timing is right to start looking at somethng like this from a team’s perspective. .We are well past the the prime FA signings period. A non-roster invite to spring training with a low-ball minor league contract sounds about right with his injury issues. He actually got cleared last year to play after his shoulder improved. The back is what kept him from returning to the majors.If that holds up this spring he is worth a look at least.

  4. paperlions - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    How many of those teams are MLB teams and how many are independent league or NPB teams?

  5. tamuball35 - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    20 MLB teams no doubt. You give Freddy Sanchez a chance he’ll prove you right every time. You tell him it can’t be done or he’s “washed up” he’ll prove you WRONG every time. Freddy could be 75% and make a whole handful of teams rosters.

    If he happens to be 100% watch out! The guy flat out competes every pitch on both sides of the field. Freddy rehabbed his way back last year during the WS. You stick him in the WS last year he would have got a clutch hit.

    Someone should give him a 1 year 2 million dollar contract 1.5 at the very least. If you know what this guy is made it’s dumb not to bring him in. I personally would like him to go to Houston. The guy is so competitive and he’s a winner. 2 rings in 3 years isn’t too bad!

    If I were Houston I would get rid of Greene and Elmore let Sanchez come in and compete with Altuve. Or trade Altuve and get some starting pitching. Greene barely hit above the Mendoza line and Elmore has 68 MLB ABs.

    Bottom Line go Freddy!

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