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Report: Pirates close to minor league deal with Jonathan Sanchez

Feb 4, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review confirms that the Pirates are close to a minor league deal with Sanchez.

7:17 PM: According CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Pirates are close to a deal with free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. No word on whether it will be a guaranteed major league deal.

Sanchez was a complete mess last season, posting an obscene 8.07 ERA and 45/53 K/BB ratio over 64 2/3 innings in 15 starts between the Royals and Rockies. The 30-year-old didn’t make another start after August 3 due to left biceps tendinitis. He finished with the highest single-season ERA in the majors since 2008 (min. 60 innings pitched) while his 2.29 WHIP was the highest in the majors since 2000.

Heyman hears that Sanchez is healthy and has worked all winter on his mechanics, so it’s worth a shot to bring him in as rotation insurance, especially if a deal with Francisco Liriano can’t be worked out. Despite Sanchez’s persistent control issues, one benefit of throwing from the left side is that he’ll continue to get chances.

  1. Stiller43 - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Oh good

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      Brevity is the soul of wit.

  2. ironman721 - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Thank god, as a Pittsburgh fan I was almost tricked in to thinking they were going to try to win this year. Wow, that was close. Thank you Pirates for setting me strait.

  3. Gamera the Brave - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    To be fair, “Slingin’ Johnny” Sanchez has electric stuff. As a Giant, his issues seemed mostly to be from the neck up. If he is over the tendinitis, he can be a very solid 4 or 5 starter, with maddening flashes of brilliance…

    • mazblast - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      …and he can be the most maddening, most hopeless POS pitcher with an “electric” arm. To indulge in a well-worn cliche, million-dollar arm, five-cent head.

      As a Pirates fan, what worries me is the idea that they’ll give too many spring training innings to this guy at the expense of someone who’s worthy and potentially productive. And when you toot for the Pirates, as I have since the 1960s, you have enough things to worry about already.

      C’mon, guys. I’m not asking for the playoffs, just 82 wins.

      • mazblast - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM


  4. Old Gator - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Can’t recall the last time I hung on every nuance of a minor league contract negotiation like this one. Slow news day, almost as bad as December 6, 1941.

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