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Pirates sign Jonathan Sanchez to minor league deal

Feb 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Jonathan Sanchez

Jonathan Sanchez will try to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh, agreeing to a minor-league deal with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training.

Once upon a time Sanchez looked like a very promising young left-hander, but control problems have consistently wrecked any chance he had of emerging as a front-line starter and he was an absolute mess last season with an 8.07 ERA in 65 innings for the Royals and Rockies.

Kansas City gave up Melky Cabrera to get Sanchez from San Francisco last offseason and then he walked more batters than he struck out, was traded to Colorado, and then shut down in August with arm problems.

Sanchez had a 3.75 ERA in 458 innings from 2009-2011, so he’s not that far removed from being a plenty useful pitcher, but last season was so bad that it’s tough to imagine a successful bounce back.

  1. redguy12588 - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    ” but last season was so bad that it’s tough to imagine a successful bounce back.”

    You don’t have to look that hard on the Pirates, just glance at their #1 SP (Burnett) and their 3B (Alvarez).

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    A bush league whiner

  3. magicrat13 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    minor league deal so no real risk i guess…

    would love to see a bounce back season like burnett had last year…but not getting my hopes up…

    just don’t want the pirates to throw “average at best” pitchers out there when there are youngsters hopefully ready to step up…if given the choice i say go with the youngsters and see what we have….if nothing move along….

  4. rvnc - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Sanchez has legitimately nasty stuff. (Threw a no hitter for the giants in 09) Whilst I wouldn’t say he ever looked little being an ace he was definitely a decent 4/5 for the giants. Must admit I didn’t see him falling apart to this extent when we traded him, but there you go. If someone can sort out his mechanics (always had a tendency to leave big fat breaking balls over the plate sadly) he could be a great pickup. Don’t be too down on this one Pirates fans….

    • rvnc - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      *like being an ace*

  5. thepittsburghkid - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    I like the pick up, Ray Searage is a great pitching coach.

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