Report: Pirates Close to Deal with Jonathan Sanchez

Confirmed: #Pirates close to minor league contract with FA lhp Jonathan Sanchez.

— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) February 5, 2013

 

It looks like the Pirates have found their contingency plan to Francisco Liriano in LHP Jonathan Sanchez.

Pirates fans will most likely remember Sanchez as the piece the Neal Huntington wanted from San Francisco in the Freddy Sanchez trade, but the Giants refused to part with him. That was in 2009 when a then 26-year old Sanchez was making a name for himself, thanks to tossing a no-hitter on July 10th. He would go on to post a 3.07 ERA in 33 starts the next year and looked like he was entering his prime.

But then things fell apart for Sanchez last season when he combined to go 1-9 with a 8.07 ERA over 64 2/3 innings.

If the deal, is in fact, a minor league deal, I don’t fault the Pirates for at least giving him a look. For four years between 2008 and 2011, Sanchez was an effective starting pitcher. He is now 30 years old and the Pirates find themselves in a very low-risk situation if they can sign him.