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When the news came out that the Pittsburgh Pirates were close to an agreement with left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, my initial reaction was that he was very similar to Francisco Liriano. It started out as a basic comparison. They were both left-handed pitchers coming off down seasons with control issues, high strikeouts, and they were each a few years removed from a great season.
The Liriano signing has been crazy. The Pirates agreed to a deal with him on December 21st. A few days later he broke his right arm. A month later, the two sides agreed to a revised deal. It’s been a few weeks since that reported agreement, and the only update we’ve heard is that there’s a hold up over guaranteed money and whether the deal would be a minor league deal.
Because Sanchez and Liriano are so similar, and because there have been so many delays with the Liriano deal, that leads to the speculation that the Pirates are finally moving on from Liriano. I’d avoid that speculation for now. That’s t...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Jonathan Sanchez signing official, per a team press release this morning. Sanchez comes in on a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. No word yet on his salary if he were to make the major league team. The Spring Training tracker has been updated with the signing. There are now 19 non-roster invitees.
With yesterday’s news that the Pirates were adding Jonathan Sanchez, and today’s news that they’re still on track to sign Francisco Liriano, the starting pitching scene is getting crowded. Here is a breakdown of all the options who are either currently on the team, or in the case of Sanchez/Liriano, expected to sign.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates pending deal with Francisco Liriano
is “still on track,” but it will continue to be delayed until the free agent’s
non-throwing arm heals, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
actual baseball note: liriano #pirates deal still on track, pending physical. exam delayed while non-throwing arm heals
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 6, 2013...
According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to a deal with left-hander Jonathan Sanchez.
Jonathan Sanchez is close to a deal with the #pirates. word is, he’s healthy and worked all winter on mechanics.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 4, 2013
Sanchez missed time last year with a biceps injury. He only made 15 starts, putting up a pretty alarming 8.07 ERA...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are close to completing a deal with free agent left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported Monday. It's unclear whether it will be a major-league deal or a minor-league contract after Sanchez suffered through a poor 2012 season. He went 1-9 with an 8.07 earned-run average last season with the Royals and Rockies. ...
Keith Law released his top 100 prospects today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had five players on the list.
Gerrit Cole was ranked the highest, coming in at number eight. Cole was the second best pitcher on the list, with Dylan Bundy ahead of him ranked third overall. Law noted that Cole should be ready for the Pirates rotation after a half year in the minors, mentioning that 2012 was...
Keith Law released his organizational rankings today for ESPN Insider subscribers, and had the Pittsburgh Pirates ranked as the 7th best farm system. Law had the Cardinals, Twins, Rays, Astros, Cubs, and Padres as the top six systems.
In his comments on the system, Law said that Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon rival any club’s top two pitching prospects. He also noted that West...
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...
Don’t believe Gerrit Cole when he says velocity isn’t important. The 22-year-old right-hander has a fastball that reaches triple digits and his slider is as hard as many heaters. His ability to overpower hitters is what makes him one of the top pitching prospects in the game.
The 6-foot-4 flamethrower is on the fast track to Pittsburgh. Drafted first overall in 2011, out of UCLA...
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...
Starling Marte is 24 years old. The fact of the matter is that Starling Marte ages a bit differently than humans. See Marte is similar to a dog in that one of his years is akin to multiple regular people years. So while he’s 24 he’s actually like 30 according to photographic evidence. It’s pretty…
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker suffered a dislocated finger and then injured his back. He was shut down in late September. Armed with a new one-year contract, Walker who batted .280 with 14 home runs and 69 RBI, told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he is raring to go.
Jonathan Sanchez is close to a deal with the #pirates. word is, he's healthy and worked all winter on mechanics.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 4, 2013
There are two ways to react to what would almost certainly be a minor league deal for Jonathan Sanchez. One is to shrug and say, "Well, I'd rather have Jonathan Sanchez in camp on a minor league deal...
Adam LaRoche is my favorite baseball player. Rod Barajas is my favorite baseball player. Both are former Pirates; neither was very popular as a Pirate. I have a habit of supporting the most unpopular players. I guess I feel like they need my support when it’s not coming from anywhere else. Tonight’s Pirates Playback on…
LEFT HANDED PITCHER
Born: November 19, 1982
Drafted: 27th round, 820th overall, 2004 (Giants)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Ohio Dominican University
Agent: Tom O’Connell
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Sanchez is a lefty with good stuff who’s had very high K rates through...