Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 11/7/11
The San Francisco Giants have traded left handed pitchers Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo to the Kansas City Royals in exchange of outfielder Melky Cabrera the team announced. Earlier today, we learned that Major league sources close to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports said the team was willing to deal Sanchez in order to “free up money,”desperately needed to upgrade their offense. A rival executive projected that the Giants' starting rotation will take roughly half of the team's payroll with $60 million approximately. Morosi also points out that if you add relievers Brian Wilson, Jeremy Affeldt, and Javier Lopez, the team will have, in percentage of payroll, the “highest pitching expenditure” in the Majors. The Giants wanted to pursue a bat this off season, and the best way to do so would be parting ways with one of their starters. As Morosi says, Sanchez was the most expendable of the six, that also includes Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Barry Zito. Sanchez will become a free agent after the 2012 and he'll earn about $6 million according to Morosi. In 2011, Sanchez was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 101.1 innings for the Giants.
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