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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120 Comments on "Royals Designate Jonathan Sanchez For Assignment"


Rick Yu
3 years 1 month ago

They basically gave away Melky Cabrera for free

vtadave
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

Whole_New_World
3 years 1 month 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.

3 years 1 month ago

 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

ROR1997
3 years 1 month ago

AL East team will pick him up. Calling it now

JaysGLawrie
3 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t mind giving him a shot

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

Go for it.

– The Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, and Orioles

johnsilver
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

 Sounds like another Ollie Perez to me.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 years 1 month ago

that turned out to be a terrible trade for kc

ARod's Ring
3 years 1 month ago

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

Kurisu Rg
3 years 1 month ago

 Yeah, that Verdugo kid might become semi-decent.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month ago

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

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

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

michael hughes
3 years 1 month ago

Either them or the Rays.

Dynasty22
3 years 1 month ago

The Rays magic only works on relievers.

3 years 1 month ago

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

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

…or of the decade.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month ago

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

greengrove
3 years 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

captainjeter
3 years 1 month 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 1 month 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.

MarinersFan24
3 years 1 month ago

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

East Coast Bias
3 years 1 month ago

 ouch…

Cindi Marshall
3 years 1 month 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.

Tony DiQuattro
3 years 1 month ago

Meanwhile in San Francisco…

3 years 1 month ago

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

MarinersFan24
3 years 1 month ago

I’d like to remind you that Philip Humber threw a perfect game this season.

3 years 1 month ago

It’s hard to believe anybody that has pitched this bad once threw a no hitter.

3 years 1 month ago

 Bud Smith says, “Wut?”

3 years 1 month ago

Evidence that Sabean is an evil genius…

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month 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.

3 years 1 month ago

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.

3 years 1 month ago

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.

Otis26
3 years 1 month ago

Not.

55saveslives
3 years 1 month ago

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

Adrian Reynolds
3 years 1 month 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.

Rbraz
3 years 1 month ago

Twins need to claim him, way better then Deduno

scottbravesfan19
3 years 1 month ago

Guy has swing and miss stuff someone will try him.

kcgregory
3 years 1 month ago

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

scottbravesfan19
3 years 1 month ago

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

$6592481
3 years 1 month ago

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

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

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

mgsports
3 years 1 month ago

Red Sox’s?
Dodgers?
Cardinals?
White Sox’s?
Rangers?

55saveslives
3 years 1 month ago

 Dodgers PLEASE :)

3 years 1 month ago

wouldnt mind as a Loggy.

shysox
3 years 1 month ago

I hate to be the grammar police guy on the internet, but for future reference: 

LOOGY
L(efty) O(ne) O(ut) G(u)Y

TommyL
3 years 1 month ago

 Ned Colletti is already drawing up the three-year contract.

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

Just who would he replace on those teams?

3 years 1 month ago

i was going to say he could replace their batting practice pitcher, but his control is too bad for BP

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

humber on the whitesox

jwsox
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

 Is Don Cooper’s hair already gray?

EvilAbed
3 years 1 month ago

Awesome trade, Dayton!

SpfldCynic
3 years 1 month ago

And there was much rejoicing

txftw
3 years 1 month ago

yaaaaaaaaay

jacks100
3 years 1 month ago

Anthopolous has got to pounce here. 

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 1 month ago

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

Laffey > Sanchez.

3 years 1 month ago

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

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 1 month ago

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

3 years 1 month ago

he has surprised me, but a 4.81 FIP keeps me from getting too excited.