Spanish Links: Sanchez, Hanley, Contreras

Links are, you guessed it, in Spanish…

  • Anibal Sanchez has looked strong this preseason, but the 29-year-old told Wilmer Reina at the Venezuelan daily La Verdad that his history of shoulder problems is more than just a memory. "I've never pitched without pain. There's always a small problem with something," Sanchez said. "I have five scars inside my shoulder, and some nerve has to be touching those." Sanchez has bounced back from three injury-shortened campaigns to log 190-plus solid innings in 2010 and 2011, but he said last month the team has yet to approach him about keeping him off the the free agent market next winter. Back in January, MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith analyzed Sanchez as an extension candidate.
  • Despite an offseason of predictions to the contrary, Hanley Ramirez says he is confident and, yes, even content at third base. "I feel really happy. If I had known that, I would have changed before. I really feel comfortable here," Ramirez told Juan Mercado at the Dominican paper El Día. "I like playing third base, because I'm more relaxed and it makes me focus more, because I have to be prepared for every pitch." 
  • Jose Contreras told Luis Rangel at the El Nuevo Herald that he feared the worst when he learned he needed surgery on his pitching arm last summer. "When they told me that, I said, 'Wow! My career is done,'" Contreras recalled. "I'm not a young man. I'm 40 years old, and an operation is difficult." However, the Cuban swingman has worked his way back and says he's nearly ready to fulfill the second year of the two-year deal he signed with the Phillies in 2010. "At the moment I can say that I feel good, and if everything goes well in Spring Training, with a couple more good outings this spring, I'll be ready for the season," Contreras said.


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13 Comments on "Spanish Links: Sanchez, Hanley, Contreras"


Leonard Washington
3 years 5 months ago

Wow Sanchez way to lower your own price.

3 years 5 months ago

Seriously.

“Anibal, are you worried about your recent shoulder troubles?”
“No, I’m used to it, since it’s *lifelong* shoulder trouble.”

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

There is no evidence to the contrary, so why would I believe that Contreras is not 40?

3 years 5 months ago

What?! You’re not really Yoda?

1980CHAMPS
3 years 5 months ago

He is a Cuban 40.  Which equals 48 most anywhere else.

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

Rumors do not make things fact.

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

That’s exactly how I pictured you.

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

It’s MLB Trade Rumors. It’s not MLB Age Rumors.

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

You came on here saying that Jose Contreras is not 40 years old. Yet you have failed to raise any evidence to show that he is not the age that he says he is. What aren’t you following?

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

Duplicate.

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

I’m not trying to start anything. I just think that it is wrong of you to accuse someone about giving a false age without any evidence what so ever.

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

Just because they started it, doesn’t give you the right to continue with the slander.

Leonard Washington
3 years 5 months ago

Yeah his organization does know about it. My comment is more along the lines of his position if/when he hits the open market. If its on the Miami training table whatever, the surgeries speak for themselves to potential signers anyway. Adding more to it though by coming out and saying you’ve never pitched pain free the past two years has got to hurt suitors confidence in any long term durability though. Usually a guy in his position who has gone under the knife numerous times is supposed to say “I feel better than ever” or “I’ve never been so comfortable” not “I deal with pain everyday, I think I’m rubbing a nerve or something, I guess I will just deal with”. So while I can’t fault him for being honest on a human level, given those added details with the extensive injury history he has is something an agent would shake his head at.