Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez's nightmarish tenure with the Royals finally ended Tuesday, not long after a cascade of boos rained down on him in his last start Monday, boos that rivaled in intensity those delivered at Kauffman Stadium toward Robinson Cano at the Home Run Derby.
The Royals designated Sanchez for assignment, less than 24 hours after he was rocked for seven runs in just 1 13 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Monday night. Sanchez departs with a 1-6 record his only win came on April 8 and a cover-your-eyes 7.76 ERA.
Sanchez now will have 10 days to either sign with another club, accept an assignment to Class AAA Omaha, or opt to become a free-agent.
The Royals, finally, simply had no choice but to release Sanchez, who had become a verbal punching bag for fans and the media in the last two months.
"We just felt that the change was necessary at this time," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Tuesday. "We felt right before the All-Star break...