Alex Sanabia Rumors

Marlins To Sign Alex Sanabia

The Marlins have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with right-hander Alex Sanabia, who will head to the team’s Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish (Twitter link). The Paragon Sports International client was released by the Diamondbacks on Monday.

For Sanabia, the agreement marks a return to the club that originally selected him in the 32nd round of the 2006 draft. From 2010-13, he totaled 138 1/3 innings of 4.15 ERA ball with the Fish, averaging 5.6 strikeouts and 2.9 walks per nine innings pitched. A fly-ball pitcher, Sanabia has struggled with home runs throughout his career, and they were again his undoing in the D’Backs organization; Sanabia posted a bloated 8.10 ERA in 23 1/3 innings for Triple-A Reno due to the fact that he yielded an alarming eight long balls in that time.

The MarlinsĀ have developed some enviable pitching depth, with Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez fronting their rotation. Jacob Turner could factor into the mix as well now that he’s been activated from the disabled list, and Tom Koehler has been a very serviceable fourth/fifth starter for the team. Additionally, Miami has names like Andrew Heaney, Justin Nicolino, Anthony DeSclafani and Brian Flynn in its minor league ranks — each of whom is nearing the bigs (or has previously reached them, in Flynn’s case).

Diamondbacks Release Alex Sanabia

Just a few weeks after being outrighted off the 40-man roster, right-hander Alex Sanabia has been released by the Diamondbacks, the team announced via Twitter.

The 25-year-old Sanabia was hit hard in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, surrendering 21 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings (8.10 ERA) with 11 strikeouts against eight walks. He fared better in 55 1/3 innings with the Marlins in the Majors last season, registering a 4.88 ERA, though he posted a 31-to-25 K/BB ratio and a 38.8 percent ground-ball rate.

Sanabia has a 4.15 ERA with 5.6 K/9, 2.9 BB/9 and a 36.7 percent ground-ball rate in 138 2/3 innings — all coming with the Marlins. Arizona had claimed him off waivers from the Marlins this past October.

Diamondbacks Outright Alex Sanabia

The Diamondbacks have outrighted Alex Sanabia off their 40-man roster, according to their transactions page.  The right-hander was outrighted to Triple-A Reno, where he has been pitching all season and has thus far compiled a 9.49 ERA in three starts (12 1/3 IP) for the Aces.

Sanabia, 25, made 10 starts for the Marlins in 2013 but spent most of the season on the DL with a groin injury.  Arizona claimed the righty off waivers from Miami in October.  Sanabia has a 4.15 ERA, a 5.6 K/9 and a 1.95 K/BB rate over 138 2/3 career innings with the Marlins from 2010-13, appearing as a starter in 24 of his 28 Major League appearances.

Diamondbacks Claim Alex Sanabia

The Diamondbacks have claimed pitcher Alex Sanabia off waivers from the Marlins, according to a team press release. Sanabia, 25, posted a 4.88 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 55 1/3 innings out of the Marlins rotation this season. In late May, the Marlins placed Sanabia on the disabled list with a groin injury, and he did not appear again in 2013. He has a 4.15 ERA in parts of three big-league seasons.

Sanabia is a fly ball pitcher whose fastball typically comes in at around 90 MPH, and he has never posted impressive strikeout rates, so his upside appears to be somewhat limited. Teams typically value pitchers who are capable of making big-league starts, however, particularly when they aren't yet arbitration-eligible.