Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 2/5/13
According to Jon Heyman and Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates are close to a minor league deal with pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. The 30-year-old lefty is coming off a miserable year (1-9, 8.07 ERA), although he had a fair amount of success with the Giants from 2006-2011. He’s been inconsistent but has shown flashes of brilliance, including a no-hitter in 2009 and a great season in 2010. To me, Sanchez is basically a poor man’s Francisco Liriano. They have extremely similar profiles, but Liriano probably has the higher upside and the higher floor. The trouble with Sanchez–just like with Liriano–is control. He has a 5.0 BB/9 rate for his career, which is dreadful (Liriano posted 5 BB/9 in his worst years, but his career rate is 3.8). Sanchez also gets tons of strikeouts like Liriano–they have identical 9.1 K/9 career rates, although Sanchez dropped down to 6.3 in his miserable 2012. The fact that this will be a minor league deal makes Sanchez a worthwhile pickup–there’s nothing wrong with grabbing a potentially useful player for a very small cost with almost no risk involved. If the Bucs were set with their rotation and wanted to add Sanchez as depth and/or take a flier on his potential, that’d be wonderful. Because of the Liriano situation (which continues to be a total mystery), however, they aren’t set with the rotation. Is Sanchez going to replace Liriano? Value-wise, it’s a good pickup…but I don’t think anybody really envisions (or wants to envision) Sanchez in the Opening Day rotation coming off such a horrid season. I obviously don’t know if this means anything about the Liriano situation, but it certainly seems to indicate that he’s either not going to be a Pirate or that he’ll be on the shelf for longer than we hoped. It seems safe to at least assume that Liriano will miss the start of the year, and if that’s the case I don’t see why Sanchez couldn’t compete for the final spot in the rotation (going up against Jeff Locke and Kyle McPherson). While Sanchez’s 2012 was horrible, adding his potential to the mix can’t really be a bad thing going in to the battle for that final spot. PHOTO: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: D-Backs making Shelby Miller available via trade

Rex Ryan: IK Enempkali could fill void left by Mario Williams

Report: Indians have best deal on table for Chapman

White Sox GM: Chris Sale has not requested trade

Nebraska’s Foltz, ex-MSU punter Sadler killed in car accident

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Michael Bennett to Seahawks: Pay me or 'get rid of me'

Victor Cruz expects to be 'ready to go' for training camp

DeMarcus Cousins: All-NBA vote ‘absurd’ and ‘a joke’

Andrew Luck: Colts were 'gutsy' to keep Pagano, Grigson

Report: Lesnar, Jones tested positive for same substance

Todd Bowles: Geno Smith 'can be a good starter' for Jets

Why did Rio mayor offer to put kangaroo in Olympic village?

Joe Maddon wastes no time cracking Chris Sale joke

Report: Lamar Odom walked out on family intervention

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

10 NFL players set to become household names in 2016

Lou Holtz regrets making immigration 'joke' at RNC

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker