Cubs Sign Jonathan Sanchez

The Cubs have signed Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal, a source tells Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.  The deal includes incentives if the left-hander makes the big league roster.

Sanchez, 31, was cut loose after five atrocious games to open the 2013 season and ended up with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. There, he pitched 66 2/3 innings, posting a 5.13 ERA with 10.7 K/9 and 5.7 BB/9.  Sanchez has held lefties to a .218/.313/.363 batting line in his big league career and limited them to a .215/.276/.418 line in the minors this season.

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune previously reported that the Cubs were eyeing Sanchez as a reliever.  The veteran is represented by the McNamara Baseball Group, as shown in the MLBTR Agency Database.

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  1. LazerTown 2 years ago

    Even when he was at his best he was still walking 4.5 batters per 9.
    You can’t survive at the 7 bb/9 he has been at.

    • BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

      Pitching a no-hitter was a piece of cake for him, but you will never see him pitch a no-walker.

  2. Ryan Graywacz 2 years ago

    I forgot this guy was even relevant.

  3. Shane Flannagan 2 years ago

    Cubs will be trying to turn him into a reliever. Just another arm just in case the Cubs trade Russell which I believe the Cubs will

  4. cubs7691 2 years ago

    If the pitching coaches can figure out his control issues than I say it’s a good signing.

    • Brad Blossom 2 years ago

      Us Giants fans were saying the same thing for years! Sadly he could never get it together. You will be ripping your hair out when he strikes out 5 in a row then walks the next 3 and throws 2 pitches over the backstop. He will win you some games but will lose quite a few as well. Honestly I hope he works out for you I always liked him and he has tons of potential.

      • BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

        I hope he does too. I have a good feeling about this. Cubs already signed Eli on a minor league deal. They will be batterymates again but prob at Iowa. Eli was good for him. Maybe that is what he has needed the past 2 years. He just might do it.

  5. Rick22 2 years ago

    “The deal likely includes incentives if the left-hander makes the big league roster.”

    I don’t know, do you really want to give Sanchez an incentive to make the MLB roster? Keep him in the minors where he can’t hurt you!

    • JasonPen 2 years ago

      The Cubs, at this point, are just trying to sign players that can be flipped near the deadline. They aren’t playing for anything this year, so no one can really hurt them.

      • cubs7691 2 years ago

        I would rather be in dead last than 3rd place this year anyway. I like getting high draft picks

        • Shane Flannagan 2 years ago

          2015 as always been kind of the target year. I can take maybe one more terrible year lol

          • phillies1102 2 years ago

            Unless Rizzo and Castro step it up big time, I think 2015 is a bit too optimistic for Chicago fans.

          • Shane Flannagan 2 years ago

            Not quite, our big 5 prospects all should be up by or at sometime during 2015, I could even see maybe Baez and Bryant being up sometime this season. But yes, it would help a lot if Rizzo and Castro turn it around some. But, 2015 has always the target year to really start being playoff contenders and so on

          • phillies1102 2 years ago

            The same way you guys need you SS and 1B to produce to contend, the same goes for the Phillies coincidentally. IF those two produce viable seasons, we can contend for at least a wild card spot in 2014. But just like for your guys, that is a big “if” (hence capitalization)

          • Farmer Tan Colin! 2 years ago

            Cubs and Phils are actually pretty close comparisons. Their pythag records were very close, Phillies scored 8 more runs over the entire season. Castro is projected to rebound and Rizzo is projected to take a step forward (steamer). As for what will happen who knows, but I feel for you Phillies, I also have no idea what your GM is doing.

          • leowalter 2 years ago

            Who are the Phillies going to contend with ? The National Over 50 Baseball team ?

          • Steve 2 years ago

            They will be better in 2015 but not competing. Even if all these prospects turn out, which is unlikely, they will not just come into the league and rake. It will take awhile for them to adjust

          • Shane Flannagan 2 years ago

            Well, I don’t want to jinx myself, but I feel pretty good about Baez and Bryant being very good major league players. I also feel Almora will be pretty good as well, Soler might be the only one I don’t totally trust

          • Steve 2 years ago

            I like them as well, I just don’t see them tearing it up right away and even if they do, who would be the starting rotation? 2016 is realistic in my opinion and that is being optimistic

          • JasonPen 2 years ago

            David Price.

          • Kayrall 2 years ago

            Baez has the biggest question mark of them all.

          • Shane Flannagan 2 years ago

            Why you feel that way? I feel pretty good about him and Bryant being very good major league players

          • Reaper87 2 years ago

            Expecting their small army of prospects to start producing from day 1 may be asking a little much. 2015 is the earliest contention is possible, but I’d say 2016 is more likely. Some guys need a little seasoning before they break out. Let the kids cut their teeth first

          • Shane Flannagan 2 years ago

            I know that, I wasn’t saying I was expecting to win it all in 2015. I was just saying to actually start competing and actually have a chance year in and year out

          • Reaper87 2 years ago

            Ok then, with that thought process it does kick-off hopefully in 2015 and then continue until…well they hopefully win it all. The 2015 Cubs could potentially be the most intriguing 80-85 win team in awhile

          • leowalter 2 years ago

            If you are looking towards 2015,you had better hope that all of the Cardinal,Reds and Pirates’ prospects all fail. The only decent pitching prospect in the Cub’s orginization right now is CJ Edwards.

          • Rizzo44 2 years ago

            He probably won’t make the team either . The cubs have always made bad final roster picks. 2011 castillo hit .650 in spring training. Soto hit .067 Soto was named the starter Castillo was sent to Triple A

          • Rizzo44 2 years ago

            Hopefully tthey trade Castro next winter for a couple ptbnl

          • cubs7691 2 years ago

            Exactly I’m not encouraging it, but I would be ok with it for 2014 NOT 2015

        • LazerTown 2 years ago

          Better they do it right. Cubs fans have been waiting a long time, that team if competitive could handle a huge payroll and be very competitive.

        • JasonPen 2 years ago


        • John Donovan 2 years ago

          That’s the kind of attitude that has fostered a losing team for over a century. Do you think Yankees fans would ever say that? You should always want your team to win every year otherwise why bother even cheering for them.

          I know my Rockies are probably not going to win this year, but I am still going to hope that they go 162-0. I’d much rather draft 30th than 1st every year because winning seasons never bust unlike high draft picks.

          • Trock 2 years ago

            I completely get what you are saying. But winning seasons do bust. You could have a winning season and not even make the playoffs. Then you would have nothing to show for it and have a low draft pick. But I do agree with you. I am a cubs fan and have the mentality that I want them to win every game but have realistic expectations that it won’t happen. I think a lot of cubs fans are like that. They know cubs are rebuilding and a few years away from legit contending so they like the high draft picks. It’s a good way for teams to get a good deep farm so they have tons of cheap controllable studs and can spend there high payroll on filling a few pieces.

          • John Donovan 2 years ago

            Well a low draft pick is not necessarily a bad thing. Don’t forget Mike Trout went #25 overall, while Donovan Tate went #3 overall in that same draft. I just don’t like the idea of anyone hoping their team loses more so they will get a higher draft pick because it is a gamble anyway.

            The idea of a losing team getting a higher draft pick is to soften the blow of a losing season. It is not something to strive for.

          • Trock 2 years ago

            I think all in all, we completely agree. I would much rather the Cubs have a winning season. I just think given their position, with the rebuild that they are going through, Cubs fans come to expect a losing season (which isn’t being a bad fan, its being realistic). They know what Theo is wanting to do. Rebuild through the draft, try to make a few trades for prospects, and hope that the position players that they have in the minors now are as good as everyone thinks they will be. I dont think the Cubs need to necessarily be all about pitching prospects. If you think about it, their position players are maybe a year or 2 away, so drafting pitchers, would set them back that much longer. If they can flip some guys for a few pitching prospects who are major league ready (or pretty darn close) they are in business. I am hoping that they have a cheap cost controlled position players, they spend a good portion of the large payroll they would have on getting FA pitchers who are established when the young ones are ready to play.

          • John Donovan 2 years ago

            I am not a Cubs fan, but I am wondering why they are trying to do a Rays-type rebuild. They are a big-market, huge-payroll team. They should be rebuilding on the fly like the Red Sox instead of taking a long time like the Rays or Pirates or Royals have to do. It could be a simple answer, but like I said I don’t really follow the Cubs. For example, why are they not using the infamous Red Sox 3/39 deal or something similar. Those type of contracts give you enough time to not rush prospects, but can give you a competitive team, even a championship team, while you are waiting. Prospects are nice for the wait til next year crowd, but you could have a competitive team until next year arrives. If I was a Cubs fan, those would be the types of questions on my mind.

          • Trock 2 years ago

            I think those questions have definitely been asked by Cubs fans, myself included. There payroll is projected to be at $104,304,676 this year. They definitely have a ton of money to spend. I think they really just want to see how all of their position players pan out, since they are so close to being MLB ready (although, I dont think they come up in say 2015 and mash, so it could be safe to say that they wont legit compete until 2016). I definitely would like them to make more signings, but with the roster they have now, they are more then just a few signings away from contending. I think they realize this, so they don’t necessarily spend money on guys who won’t help in the future.
            I think that soon enough once all the young guys are ready to come up, the Cubs go on a free agent binge signing, moreso on pitchers since they seem to have a plethera of position players.

          • Rizzo44 2 years ago

            It’s not about having a bad attitude. The ownership has just not given a damn about them. It took 10 years to finally fire Jim Hendry. The new owners only care about making money. They dont care if the cubs lose 130 games a year. The fact that they want to put a huge junbotron in Wrigley which would make the manual scoreboard useless. The cost of it would be about to get a new stadium . I would not put it past tom ricketts if he took out the ivy and brick walls for padded walls.

      • Rizzo44 2 years ago

        They are not playing for anything for the next 3 years tbh.. it wouldn’t be a bad thing to fire sale

  6. Giants55 2 years ago

    He is Nuke Laloosh…Million dollar arm with a 5 cent head!

  7. phillies1102 2 years ago

    Early 30’s latino lefty SP who had high potential due to quality strikeout stuff but with diminishing control, lost a rotation spot and years later, attempts to rebuild as a reliever.

    Oliver Perez needs to revisit the family tree, he may have a twin brother.

    • BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

      Except Olly never pitched a no-hitter.

      • letsgogiants 2 years ago

        Or won a world series ring. But then again, O, Perez was the one who got a big contract after becoming a free agent.

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    • ChiMike702 2 years ago

      That’s the only way he’ll ever be relevant at the MLB level again.

  9. meep 2 years ago

    a minor league deal for a team still a few years away from being good. no harm if he does well that a + if he doesnt no harm since it a minor league deal.

  10. Matt Talbert 2 years ago

    Might be a nice signing as a LOOGY? Ya never know minimal risk potential reward…

  11. Rob Black 2 years ago

    A left-handed Marmol?

    • Rizzo44 2 years ago

      No marmol was terrible til he went to LA. It was then he learned how to pitch .. most of his career the only thing Rothschild could say is ” throw better” He averaged a hit batter, walk and 2 hit per 9 innings when he was the closer.. the fact that Kevin Gregg took his job would make most people Donny Moore themselves

  12. Mikel Grady 2 years ago

    We will not fail this year like last year. We will get #1 draft pick for 2015

    • John Donovan 2 years ago

      Cool then they can draft another Shawon Dunston again. If I was a Cubs fan I would prefer to avoid the #1 overall pick with that history.

      Actually come to think of it, other than Rafael Palmeiro (and they traded him away), the Cubs don’t really have a rich history of ANY first round picks becoming long-term superstars in the league. They have a lot of good prospects now, but they used to have Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, and Josh Vitters too. In other words, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  13. bucsws2014 2 years ago

    The only thing Jonathan Sanchez has going for him is that his career WAR is still higher than Edinson Volquez’s.

  14. Rizzo44 2 years ago

    Didn’t he have a near perfect game with the giants like 2 years ago? It ended up being a no hitter anyway? He’s really fallen on hard times if he settled for the cubs. He’s guaranteed a rotation spot.

    • ChiMike702 2 years ago

      Theres no way he’s in the rotation.

      • Rizzo44 2 years ago

        They don’t have much choice. Jackson , wood and samardzija after that its two spot starters .. shark will be gone hopefully in July

        • Guest 2 years ago

          I see the rotation looking like: Wood, Samardzija, Jackson, Arrieta then I think guys like Rusin, Grimm, Raley and Wada all get a look at the #5 spot before Sanchez. Hopefully Baker is back too.

        • ChiMike702 2 years ago

          I think Wood, Samardzija, Jackson and Arrieta are set. Then I think guys like Rusin, Raley, Wada and Villeanueva all get looked at for the 5th spot before Sanchez. Hopefully Baker is back as well.

  15. Shane Flannagan 2 years ago

    haha of course, I do to and every Cubs fan wants to. Basically what I’m saying is I can take one more bad year. Everything not getting going in 2015, wont be anymore free passes

  16. BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

    Grouchy! I’m not saying that is what will fix him, but I’m sure it will help. Geez, what did he ever do to you?

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