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Cubs sign Jonathan Sanchez to minor league deal

Dec 18, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

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From Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune:

The Cubs signed free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal, according to a source.

The deal is said to include incentives if he makes the major league roster.

There was a report earlier this week that Sanchez was drawing free agent interest from seven or eight teams, but none of them apparently wanted to offer him a guaranteed major league contract. He will be fighting for a bullpen job in Cubs camp next spring.

Sanchez, 31, posted an 11.85 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance this past season for the Pirates.

He had an 8.07 ERA in 64 2/3 innings with the Royals and Rockies in 2012.

  1. babyfarkmcgeezax - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Hey Cubs, I’m willing to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars to pitch like a joke too. Sign me up!

    • baseballisboring - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      I mean, it IS a minor league deal. Either he’s AAA cannon fodder and gets released in a couple months, OR, and this is the less likely possibility, but maybe he finds a groove as a LOOGY, and they can get a dumber team to give up something semi-valuable for him. Even if it’s just a young relief prospect who can be a part of the bullpen on the next winning Cubs team. More likely he just gets released, but it’s not like there’s any risk here.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Yup. People’s reactions to these kinds of deals can be pretty silly and short-sighted.

  2. Brearn Wright - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:37 PM

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    • tmohr - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

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  3. pisano - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Check that ERA, he’s lucky anyone picked him up.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      True, he’s stunk for a while, but if Oliver Perez can make a comeback and be a useful part of a major league bullpen, I’m not willing to count anyone out anymore…

  4. benrob99 - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    You’re right. No risk, but boy was he AWFUL last year. Can’t imagine him being even remotely productive in any role.

  5. nymets4ever - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Sanchez definitely has some talent, his starting days should probably be over at this point but I can still see him getting some guys out in a relief role.

  6. sometimesimisscandlestick - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I’m not sure about the relief role either – he had horrible 1st innings as a starter that would put his teams in a hole early.

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