After avoiding arbitration with Travis Ishikawa earlier today, the Giants have also avoided arb with catcher Hector Sanchez by agreeing to a one-year, $800K contract, tweets Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The 25-year-old Sanchez served as a backup to Buster Posey for much of the season in 2014 and batted .196/.237/.301 with three homers in 177 trips to the plate. While those numbers represented a significant dip from the .267/.299/.370 batting line that Sanchez carried into the season, he rated as an average pitch-framer and threw out an above-average 31 percent of base stealers (14 of 45). He was also behind the plate for Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter against the Padres on June 25.
The Giants have a somewhat crowded situation at catcher with well-regarded rookie Andrew Susac also in the mix for playing time next season. However, as Schulman notes in a second tweet, arb contracts aren’t fully guaranteed, and it’s possible still that Sanchez could be traded or optioned to Triple-A to begin the season.