Eduardo Sanchez Rumors
We'll keep track of today's outright assignments here..
- The Rangers assigned outfielder Joe Benson outright to Triple-A Round Rock, according to executive vice president of communications John Blake (on Twitter). Benson was designated for assignment by Texas earlier this week.
- The Cubs sent Eduardo Sanchez outright to their Triple-A affiliate, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Chicago designated the right-handed reliever for assignment three days ago. Sanchez, 24, registered a 1.80 ERA with 10.5 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9 in 30 innings for the Cardinals back in 2011 but has struggled to stay healthy in recent years.
- Those situations are resolved, but there are still a whopping 13 players left in DFA limbo, according to the MLBTR DFA Tracker. Michael Bowden (Cubs), Jordan Brown (Marlins), Edinson Rincon (Royals), Kensuke Tanaka (Giants), Dan Runzler (Giants), Dave Sappelt (Cubs), Hideki Okajima (Athletics), Mauro Gomez (Blue Jays), Daniel Bard (Red Sox), Juan Diaz (Indians), Taylor Teagarden (Orioles), Eric Thames (Orioles), and Tim Fedroff (Indians) are still in flux.
The Cubs have designated right-handed reliever Eduardo Sanchez for assignment, tweets Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald. With the move, the team cleared a 40-man roster spot for Ryan Sweeney's activation from the 60-day DL.
Sanchez, now 24, registered a 1.80 ERA (and notched five saves) in 30 innings for the Cardinals back in 2011. Yet with durability already one of his biggest concerns, a series of injury issues and a poor 2012-13 performance record left Sanchez to be claimed off of waivers by the Cubs earlier this year. Since switching organizations, Sanchez has struggled to a 5.68 ERA in 6 1/3 big league innings while walking as many as he has struck out. Across 40 Triple-A innings this season with Chicago and St. Louis, Sanchez has a 3.38 ERA, but has done so with a troubling strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.9 K/9 versus 5.2 BB/9).
FRIDAY: Sanchez has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times (on Twitter).
Sanchez, 24, was claimed off of waivers from the Cardinals back in May. In 43 career relief appearances for St. Louis, Sanchez posted a 3.40 ERA with 9.6 K/9 and 5.8 BB/9. He pitched in six games for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate this year and allowed eight runs while tallying seven strikeouts and seven walks.
The Cubs claimed reliever Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the Cardinals, tweets Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Cards moved Sanchez off the 40-man roster to create a spot for Tyler Lyons, who will start tomorrow in place of Jaime Garcia. The addition will put the Cubs' 40-man roster count at 39, as Michael Bowden was designated for assignment today to open an active roster spot for Matt Garza. Sanchez will report to Triple-A Iowa for the Cubs.
Sanchez, 24, has a 3.40 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 5.8 BB/9, and 0.60 HR/9 in 45 big league innings spanning 2011-12. Signed out of Venezuela in '05, the hard-throwing righty spent some time closing for the Cardinals as a rookie in '11, but later landed on the DL for a shoulder strain. He bounced up and down last year and has missed time this year with a forearm strain, making nine appearances at Triple-A. Even before his big league debut, Baseball America noted, "durability remains his biggest concern, as his small frame leaves some scouts wondering how his stuff will hold up at the major league level."
As the Cardinals continue their four-game series in Los Angeles tonight, here are some Redbird-related news items...
- GM John Mozeliak took some criticism for trading Ryan Ludwick last summer, but Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch argues that Mozeliak may deserve some credit given Ludwick's struggles since the deal. Ludwick has just a .607 OPS in 207 plate appearances as a Padre.
- The Cardinals have spent some extra money on Caribbean scouting and development in recent years, and the first prospect to emerge from the revamped system is Eduardo Sanchez, writes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Sanchez made an impressive Major League debut on Wednesday, recording five strikeouts in two innings of relief against Arizona.
- Gordon, Strauss and a roundtable of other Post-Dispatch writers look at how Adrian Gonzalez's extension with the Red Sox may affect Albert Pujols' contract this winter.
- Speaking of Pujols, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports looked the slugger's recent emergence from an early-season slump.