Royals Designate Jonathan Sanchez For Assignment

The Royals announced that they designated left-hander Jonathan Sanchez for assignment (Twitter link). Sanchez allowed seven earned runs against the Mariners last night, recording just four outs.

The Royals acquired the left-hander in an ill-fated offseason trade that sent Melky Cabrera to San Francisco. Kansas City also acquired Ryan Verdugo, tonight's starter, in the deal. Sanchez posted a 7.76 ERA with 6.1 K/9 and 7.4 BB/9 in 53 1/3 innings for Kansas City, averaging less than 4.5 innings per start. He earns $5.6MM this year and will hit free agency this coming offseason.

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  1. Rick Yu 3 years ago

    They basically gave away Melky Cabrera for free

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      They would be better off right now if they had just cut Melky rather than traded him for a guy who can’t get me out right now.

    • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

      Not free, the Royals came away with several extra losses.

    • Whole_New_World 3 years ago

      At the time of the trade, a LOT internet chatter about how the Giants got fleeced on that trade. Giants didn’t know how to value pitching. Sabean is foolish.

      You had to watch Sanchez pitch in ’11 to see this coming. He is the classic head case. Talent through the roof, but very, very emotional. And he started to come unraveled last year. Tons of signs. It didn’t look like that bad a year statistically. But, as Giants fans, we knew there was a good chance he was going to step off a cliff.

      I wish him well. I doubt he’d return to SF, because I’m sure he feels betrayed by the franchise. But, I believe he can comeback. As solid starter.

      •  a distinct LACK of emotion is one thing that drove the KC fans nuts…the guy would give up like 37 runs in an inning & just ho-hum his way back into the dugout

  2. ROR1997 3 years ago

    AL East team will pick him up. Calling it now

    • JaysGLawrie 3 years ago

      I wouldn’t mind giving him a shot

      • vtadave 3 years ago

        Go for it.

        – The Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, and Orioles

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

           Nope.. Sanchez needs extensive work at the MiLB level and coaching on top of that to fix his delivery mechanics.. THEN he needs to be converted to a reliever.. Sound familiar?? Yep.. Andrew Miller territory.. Another LH hard thrower, only Sanchez doesn’t/never did throw as hard as Miller was capable of if they could get him to where he once was and Miller is back to.

          Sanchez, now is thinking he can hang around and get that FA year in so might not be in the correct frame of mind to willingly convert to become a Loogey.

          • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

             Sounds like another Ollie Perez to me.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

             Had to look up Ollie ECB.. Saw him few weeks ago and he actually looked decent in a couple of games (right after they called him up) tho does look like he may have struggled some of late.

            The couple games I saw him in? Ollie actually looked.. Decent.. As hard to understand as it sounds and his delivery/mechanics were repeated, like..Well yeah, the Mariners had reworked him into a respectable Loogey and Ollie was bringing it also, like 94-5 with his nasty CB.

        • captainjeter 3 years ago

          are you kidding? The Rays ? They don’t need pitching. They need bulloen help and offense.
          Aldenson should claim him. The Mets need pitching,

          • vtadave 3 years ago

            Sigh…let me explain.  Previous poster appeared to be a Jays fan advocating for his team to claim Sanchez, a move that should be wholeheartedly endorsed by the other teams in the AL East.

  3. that turned out to be a terrible trade for kc

  4. ARod's Ring 3 years ago

    He would be known as the guy the Giants traded for Melky Cabrera.

    • Kurisu Rg 3 years ago

       Yeah, that Verdugo kid might become semi-decent.

  5. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    Safe to say they lost that trade…

    I’m not a big Sanchez fan but I didn’t think he’d be that bad… wasn’t expecting much, but, I never really saw him as anything more than Oliver Perez.

    • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

       In fairness, did you really see Melky doing THIS well? I certainly didn’t.

      • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

        No. I didn’t really think either guy was going to have much of an impact on their respective teams.

  6. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

    Padres should pick him up and try to fix him like all the others. 

  7. Wow does Sanchez for Melky Cabrera now officially count as worst trade of the year?

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      …or of the decade.

      • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

        There’s been worse. I’d rank both Mike Napoli trades from last year as much worse.

        • greengrove 3 years ago

          As a Padre fan, my favorite was…

          Adrian Gonzalez, Chris Young, and Termel Sledge for Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka.

          Great trade

          • letsgogiants 3 years ago

            That trade hardly made much sense when it was first made. Young outpitched Eaton in 2005 despite pitching in hitter-friendly Texas (while Eaton pitched in the pitching confines of Petco) and Nevin was on the back end of his career while Gonzalez was just finally getting ready to produce in the bigs. Towers fleeced Daniels, who at the time was new to the GM position.

      • Sam Talarigo 3 years ago

        i would say Asdrubal Cabrera for Edwardo Perez was pretty bad for the Mariners

    • captainjeter 3 years ago

      people have to stop with Melky.He is  having a  career year. People need to have A    “wait and see” with him. Let’s see him do  this again in 2013 and 2014 , before you can consider  him a real  star.
      Cano is a much, much better overall player. That is why Cashman  traded him. 
      To put him in the league of Pujolis, Fielder,  McCutheon, Justin Upton , Kemp , etc is nuts.

      • theguy17 3 years ago

        People said that about him last year.  “Let’s see him do it next year.”  Well he is.  In a different league to boot.  I don’t see anyone comparing him to the players you mentioned though.

  8. MarinersFan24 3 years ago

    I guess getting beat up by my Mariners’ juggernaut offense was the final straw 😉

    • East Coast Bias 3 years ago


    • Cindi Marshall 3 years ago

      Actually the Mariners have scored the most runs on the road of any team, they just are usually not great at home and I would suspect that most of their 11 shutouts took place at home.

  9. Tony DiQuattro 3 years ago

    Meanwhile in San Francisco…

  10. This guy fell off the cliff big time. Hard to believe he has a no hitter with those stats this season.

  11. Evidence that Sabean is an evil genius…

    • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

      I wouldn’t go that far. He’s had good moves and bad moves like any GM. Cabrera was an absolute steal though, so I have no problem giving him credit where credit is due.

      • Obviously being slightly facetious… It does show the balance that really is his history. 

        He swings for the fences, and he’ll connect every once in a while, with a decent (ha) amount of strikeouts. Think more Adam Dunn and less Babe Ruth.

  12. Ryan Verdugo (the other player in the Melky trade) starts for the Royals tonight.  Maybe, just maybe, we got a little morsel of something from the Acquisition from Hell.

  13. 55saveslives 3 years ago

    And people laughed at me when I suggested Sanchez for Melky!!  MUHAHAHAHAHA

  14. Adrian Reynolds 3 years ago

    Yep…we Giants fans knew what KC was getting in Jonathan Sanchez. Thanks for Melky, hopefully we’ll enjoy him for many more years. Go Giants.

  15. Rbraz 3 years ago

    Twins need to claim him, way better then Deduno

  16. scottbravesfan19 3 years ago

    Guy has swing and miss stuff someone will try him.

    • kcgregory 3 years ago

      he doesn’t have that stuff anymore.  I’ve been watching

      • scottbravesfan19 3 years ago

        I actually haven’t seen him this year. Part of the problem. Ouch at the BB/9

        • $6592481 3 years ago

          yeah, and with a WHIP above 2.00. It has been really difficult watching him pitch this year.

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      K/9 has dropped from 9.1 to 6.1 this year.  Guys aren’t swinging and missing nearly as often anymore.

  17. mgsports 3 years ago

    Red Sox’s?
    White Sox’s?

    • 55saveslives 3 years ago

       Dodgers PLEASE :)

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      Just who would he replace on those teams?

    • jwsox 3 years ago

      whitesox will more than likely go after him, with floyd going on the DL and no one knows if humber can get back to his recent norms(slightly better than average) maybe cooper can work with him and get him back to his solid #3 days like he was in SF

      • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

         Is Don Cooper’s hair already gray?

  18. EvilAbed 3 years ago

    Awesome trade, Dayton!

  19. SpfldCynic 3 years ago

    And there was much rejoicing

  20. jacks100 3 years ago

    Anthopolous has got to pounce here. 

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

      The Jays have a big need for pitching, but they also have standards.

      Laffey > Sanchez.

      • lol. i think thats the saddest statement i’ve seen all day. 

        • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

           Laffey has actually filled in admirably in the back of the rotation-a lot better than I thought he would. 

  21. I’d say Baltimore, STL, and Minnesota could have interest? They all seem to have depth issues at the moment. 

    • Eric Akers 3 years ago

      The Royals have depth issues in the rotation too. Sanchez is just that bad.

    • Lookouts400 3 years ago

       Dan Duquette loves grabbing guys off the trash heap.  I don’t know much about Sanchez, but looking at his numbers(2.044 WHiP, are you kidding me?) I think even DD will pass.

  22. theguy17 3 years ago

    All-Star Game MVP for a guy who can’t even last in the Royals rotation.  Wow.  Good move, Sabean.  Thank you.

  23. I wouldn’t mind if the Twins gave him a shot, as long as they dump him if he pitches like he did in KC.

  24. Freeze92 3 years ago

    I hope the cardinals jump on him, just give him a chance you never know.

  25. SFHank 3 years ago

    From SF, thanks guys.  Seriously,  Verdugo has good stuff, I was sorry to see him go.  He has the potential to play in the bigs.  Not so seriously, we have this guy named Lincecum …

  26. Hawkguy 3 years ago

    I’m thinking the White Sox might just jump on board.

    •  Sure why not, that would just about assure that they don’t make the playoffs.

      • jwsox 3 years ago

        why is that? he would more than likely get a start or two in AAA maybe some work with cooper if he got 2-3 starts and is bad he would be DFAd by the sox right away

        • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

           Now you’re talking.  Don Cooper would be a good one to check in on Sanchez, except even he might not want to take on such a big problem. 

  27. theguy17 3 years ago

    Giants should pick him up.  If Timmy continues to struggle, him and Brad Penny can battle it out for that spot.  haha

    • Timmy looked good his last outing. I’m not saying by any means he’s back to his old self but it only looks like it could be better from this point on. I hope he does get back to his old self though for the sakes of the Giants fans.

      • theguy17 3 years ago

        I do too.  I was joking about picking up Sanchez.  That’d be pretty funny though if they did pick him up.  Hopefully Timmy keeps it going into his next start.

  28. I think the Royals saw his as a guy who threw a no hitter stuff kind of pitcher and gambled – while the Giants knew that overall he has control issues. I cant beleive this turned out to be such a lopsided trade. I think Sanchez can be a good fit on a team with a good pitching coach like Dave Duncan and the Cardinals. Sanchez has the stuff to stike out a lot, as much as he walks people

    • WeDontNeedToFinPracticeRANDY 3 years ago

      Does Dave Duncan give in-home lessons now?

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

       Duncan really didn’t do all that well with pitchers with extreme control issues-in fact, his program requires pitchers with better than average control that can throw sinkers.  Does that sound like Johnathan Sanchez to you?

  29. What about the Brewers? Do they need the pitching depth? I could see so if they plan on trading ZG. Or maybe even the Rockies.

  30. norcalbowler 3 years ago

    Wow. All on Sabean’s jock again. Just like you gave Zach Wheeler to the Mets for a rental.

  31. kcgregory 3 years ago

    Dear Everyone who thinks Sanchez might be a fit for their team,

    You have lost your collective minds.  It’s over.  He’s done.  I’ve never seen someone so cooked.  I was ok with the trade at the time.  It seemed reasonable gamble, but it blew up.  He can not be salvaged.  I am as sure of this as anything.

    Me and all other Royals fans

    • Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

      He’ll be a fit for the Cubs. After Dempster and Garza are gone and our rotation becomes, Samardzija, Volstad, Wells, Coleman, and Rodrigo Lopez, at least.

      • kcgregory 3 years ago

        With due respect the Royals don’t have a single legitimate starting pitcher in MLB and none likely to be called from AAA.  Doug freakin Davis is next in line if (read: when) Verdugo, W. Smith, and Teaford fail.  Sanchez has no business in a rotation.  I guess you really have to have watched him to understand.  This season he’s been the worst Royals pitcher I’ve seen in a decade or more.  Don’t make me list the awful guys who were better.  OK, I’ll give you one.  Kyle Davies was better even at the very end.

        • vtadave 3 years ago

          Odorizzi has to be pretty close though, doesn’t he?  Some struggles lately, but he’s probably already one of the better pitchers in the entire organization.

    • jwsox 3 years ago

      were joe nathan, matt thornton, bartolo colon, freddy garcia, andy pettit, aj burnett, brandon mccarthy all done too? worked out pretty well when they got a fresh start or a new pitching coach

      • kcgregory 3 years ago

        I’m not familiar with the specifics of all of those guys, but the ones I am were never as bad as Sanchez has been for an extended period of time.  He’s a ‘strikeout guy’ with an inverted K/BB, declining velocity, and a horrible attitude to boot.  There is nothing there right now.  Reclamation and changes of scenery are certainly possible, but you’re underselling how awful he is.

        • i think you are right in that anyone who thinks they’re going to slot him into their rotation for the remainder of the season and get decent production is sorely mistaken. his problems are to great to be solved by simply switching teams. this is the kind of guy you pick up with your eye on next season hoping that he can sort himself out or reinvent himself between now and then.

          • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

            You are correct!  If Sanchez were an easy fix, the Giants would have fixed him and kept him. If the Royals thought they could fix him they would not be DFA’ing him.

            Sanchez is a long term project.  His next organization is going to have to commit to him, and he to them, and work their behinds off.  There’s still no guarantee he’s going to ever learn control.  He hasn’t yet.

        • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

          The Royals are the only team that misses out on Sanchez.  A team that signs him won’t pay much and can run him in a AAA rotation.  The fact that he couldn’t even pitch in the Royals rotation this season does say alot though. 

  32. On the topic of Melky for Sanchez……

    Seemed to be an OK trade at the time. Trading an OF who happened to have ONE good year for KC for a SP that had ONE good year for the Giants (although a couple of years ago). 

    Some trades turn out good, some great, some bad, some horrible. In this case it looks GREAT for the Giants. No one, I repeat No one, expected this from EITHER player. If you told scouts/GM’s Melky would be this good (GREAT actually), every MLB scout/GM would have laughed, I would have expected on OPS of around .750-.800, not bad….but not great. 

    If you would have told me that Sanchez would have an ERA of 7+, I would not believe that either. I honestly would have expected 10 wins and a mid 4’s ERA, with 170 K’s. 

    Looks good for the Giants though…..hindsight is always 20/20.

  33. haymaker9 3 years ago

    Back when this trade went down, I thought (from the Royals perspective) that even if it didn’t work out, it still worked out, as the Royals needed more SP and got two arms, plus they opened a spot to finally see what Lorenzo Cain can do in CF.

    Of course, Cain gets hurt instantly, Sanchez can’t hit the broad-side of a barn, and Melky is having ANOTHER ‘career-year’ better than last year’s ‘career year’.  The home run and ASG MVP were the cherry-on-top for all those looking at how lopsided that trade has turned out!!

    I hear the Royals offered Melky the same offer Frenchy took, but he declined.  I guess Frenchy knew he wasn’t worth it and jumped on it, and Melky knew he was and passed.  Maybe Verdugo can spin a gem tonight and save some face for GMDM!

  34. The Royals only hope of winning this trade is if Verdugo becomes the next Randy Johnson, lol.

  35. This trade sucks but the truth of the matter is the Royals need starting pitching worse than an outfielder. the idea behind the trade was solid, Sanchez just never wanted to be in KC and it showed every single time he went to the mound. Here is hoping that Verdugo can show in the bigs what he has been showing in AAA.

  36. TheKingOfMacomb 3 years ago

    If there was a shred of a chance that Sanchez could be successful as a LOOGY, I think the Royals would have tried that.  As it stands, they’ll be eating his salary for the remainder of the year, which you wouldn’t do if you thought you could extract any value from him.  It does make you wonder if there’s something more to this than just an inability to get hitters out – an attitude problem, perhaps?

    Best guess is that someone will give him a chance, it won’t work, and he’ll end up in someone else spring training cam as a non-roster invitee next year.

  37. largefarva 3 years ago

    Welcome back to the giants on a minor league deal! Haha. Just kidding.

  38. I’d like to see the Cubs give him a shot..They more than likely will have 2 open spots in the rotation by the end of the trade deadline, and they have nothing to lose.

  39. It was quite surprising a ton of people thought the giants got ripped off in this trade.  Sanchez command is simply just awful and his velocity has declined. Bad combination pitching in the AL. 

  40. Johnny 3 years ago

    Reds Will Inquire.. We’re Scouting Liriano And Are Looking For Pitching Depth. As Long As KC Pays Portion Of Contract.

    • SFrush90 3 years ago

      If He Goes To The Reds, Good Luck. He’s Very Frustrating. 

  41. Jordan Siscel 3 years ago

    I would think the Cardinals would have to be very interested. Seems to be a guy that woud thrive with a different mentality. Needs to become a pitcher instead of a hurler/thrower a la Lohse and Westbrook. Give him a sinker and get better location and he could be serviceable again. Otherwise he could fit into the Cardinals BP.

    • WeDontNeedToFinPracticeRANDY 3 years ago

      If you could just magically “give him a sinker”, there would probably be about 300 pitchers in the league that would be throwing one. Since it’s obviously not that easy and would take some time…especially with no Dunc…I just don’t see him fitting in with the Cards’ scheme. I’d rather put the time and resources towards a Street or League. They would obviously come with a steeper cost, but that’s the price you pay to add real talent and not the Charlie Sheen end of one of the most lopsided trades in recent history…and that’s not the “winning” end 😉

  42. gr8testsoxfan 3 years ago

    I could see the Cubs picking him up.

  43. Whole_New_World 3 years ago

    For the love of crap, MLB Trade Rumos, please revise your censorship process, so that the author can revise whatever questionable word has triggered the autobot elimination!

    I have absolutely no idea why my last comment was held up.

    Or where it went.

    Or if it’s OK.

    Or how to break in and free it.

  44. Rperry1966 3 years ago

    Best trade in years! Go giants!

  45. bigpat 3 years ago

    Buy-low/sell-high can fail very badly, contrary to popular belief. 

  46. Otis26 3 years ago

    To Royals fans who think this is the worst trade in franchise history, I present to you:
    David Cone for Ed Hearn.
    That is all.

  47. baybombers 3 years ago

    Man its hilarious to think some people thought beyond a reason of a doubt that the giants got ripped off and gave up an “ace” for a flash in the pan. All the outsiders thought sanchez was some diamond in the rough without even looking at his stats, he was going to be dominant and make the giants look foolish.

    Except us giants fans didnt think that for one second, and knew he would implode. Forever grateful for what he did in 2010 but im not surprised. He has no composure and walks too many batters.

  48. theguy17 3 years ago

    And the other piece in that trade went 1.2 innings and gave up 6 ER in his debut last night.  Talk about pouring salt in a wound.

  49. Cards_Fanboy 3 years ago

    Too bad Sanchez didn’t work out for the Royals. Good job by the Giants. The trade did make sense at the time though. There just wasn’t room for Melky when Lorenzo Cain was ready. Now Wil Myers just needs to replace Frenchy.

  50. Otis26 3 years ago

    Sort of like if Greinke re-signs with the Royals and they ended up renting him to Milwaukee for 18 months in exchange for emptying the Brewers’ farm system.

  51.  We’d feel fine about it since that would mean Dayton Moore didn’t offer him 3 years/$20M or something equally Dayton Moore’ish

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