Originally written on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Giants_vs_mets_517e

The Melk Man is coming west (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Jonathan Sanchez‘s days as a Giant are over.

San Francisco traded the left-handed starter (and minor league pitcher Ryan Verdugo) to the Kansas City Royals today in exchange for 27-year old outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The switch-hitting Cabrera batted .305/.339/.470 (.809 OPS) with 18 HR, 44 doubles, 87 RBI, 201 hits, 102 runs, and 20 SB in a breakout season with Kansas City last year. Like Sanchez, he is arbitration eligible and will likely receive a decent raise from the $1.25 million he made in 2011. Barring an extension, Cabrera will become a free agent after the 2012 season.

Sanchez, who turns 29 in a couple of weeks, followed up his superb 2010 season (in which he went 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA, 1.231 WHIP and 205 strikeouts) by falling flat on his face in 2011 (4-7, 4.26, 1.441 WHIP, 102 K, and two stints on the disabled list). He was due to earn anywhere between $5 and $6 million in 2012.

Verdugo, 24, was drafted in the ninth round of the 2008 draft out of LSU and is a converted starter who did pretty well in Richmond (AA) last year. In 25 starts, the lefty was 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA with 133 strikeouts in 130.1 innings.

Sanchez, who was selected by the Giants in the 27th round of the 2004 draft (and 820th overall), flashed signs of brilliance on some days and signs of frustration on most others.

He became the first Giants pitcher since John Montefusco to throw a no-hitter,  on July 10, 2009 against the San Diego Padres. It was a spot start for Sanchez, who was filling in for an injured Randy Johnson at the time. It became even more special because Dirty threw the no-no in front of his father (who was attending one of his son’s games for the first time).

But Sanchez never could solve his wildness. His walks total went from 5.2 per 9 innnings in 2006 (his first season) to a whopping 5.9 in 2011.

Cabrera, on the other hand, had a resurgent year in 2011, similar to the kind of year Andres Torres had in 2010. The former Yankee (who spent five years in the Bronx and also spent a season in Atlanta in 2010) doesn’t play anywhere near the kind of defense Torres does, though, so it will be interesting to see if the Giants keep Torres around for defensive purposes.

What others are saying about the trade…

  • “Source told me the Giants strongly considering B. Crawford at SS if they could improve lineup elsewhere. Melky is a move in that direction.” — Andrew Baggarly, San Jose Mercury News
  • “Stats that leap off the page from Melky Cabrera’s 2010 season: 201 hits, 102 runs scored.” – Carl Steward, San Jose Mercury News
  • “Trade is basically Sanchy for Good Andres Torres. Melky in 2011: 18 HR, 20 SB, .809 OPS…Torres in 2010: 16 HR, 26 SB, .822 OPS.” — Alex Pavlovic, San Francisco Chronicle
  • “At least now we know which “Sanchy” to whom Bochy will be referring.” — Mychael Urban, BugUrbSports
  • “Giants fans who complain about Sabean going after old guys should like the fact that Cabera is only 27.” – Carl Steward, San Jose Mercury News
  • “[Cabrera] is not a career .300 hitter. But he hit .305 last year and is coming into his FA contract year.” — Hank Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
  • “And that, folks, is why the Giants didn’t sever ties with Barry Zito.” — John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle

I hope you enjoyed reading "Giants trade Jonathan Sanchez to Royals for Melky Cabrera." I'm interested in your opinion on this article. Why not leave a comment at 22gigantes.com?


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cavs beat Hawks without Kyrie Irving, take 2-0 lead

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Minor League team cancels 'A-Rod Juice Box Night'

Dolphins teammate on Dion Jordan: It’s a bad situation

Texans reportedly the favorite to be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Goodell will not recuse himself from Brady appeal

Will Smith suspended eight games for 'foreign substance'

Report: Kobe Bryant likely to retire following next season

Don Shula named in painkiller lawsuit from former NFL players

Kyrie Irving questionable for Game 2 versus Atlanta

Michael Sam signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

The Los Angeles Angels are finally finding their groove

Re-evaluating all 30 MLB teams at the quarter mark

Is virtual reality training the next leap forward for football?

Warriors a very shaky 2-0 against the Rockets

NFL icon Bud Grant zings Pats with Deflategate joke on Twitter

RG3 announces birth daughter's birth on social media

Don't listen to Nick Saban, the bowl system is just fine

MLB scores partial victory in minor league wage lawsuits

Ranking the NBA Playoffs' most significant injuries

WATCH: Will Smith ejected for foreign substance on arm

Guy behind NFL's social media trolling of Pats is a Jets fan?

In defense of 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie

MLB 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

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

TUF weekly recap by NOS® Energy Drink

Ten players who could benefit due to PAT rule change

Five QBs set for breakout campaigns

Report: Lakers will pursue Thibodeau

MLS leaders struggling with attendance

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.