The Giants have struck a minors pact with catcher Hector Sanchez, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. He’ll be expected to take up a spot on the depth chart but not open the season on the MLB roster, as the Giants have already re-signed Nick Hundley to pair with stalwart regular Buster Posey.
In other news, San Francisco has agreed to terms with infielder Chase d’Arnaud and righty Jose Valdez, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). Like Sanchez, both players saw time with the Padres in 2017.
Sanchez, 28, is no stranger to the Giants organization. He broke into the majors in San Francisco in 2011 and played there through 2015. In 637 total MLB plate appearances thus far with the Giants, Sanchez carries a .240/.274/.345 batting line.
Since departing, Sanchez has mostly plied his trade for the division-rival Padres. As Pavlovic notes, the otherwise light-hitting backstop turned into a slugger when stepping into the box against his former mates. Sanchez slashed just .219/.245/.423 over 143 plate appearances on the year, but he did launch four long balls against the Giants.
As for d’Arnaud, who’ll soon turn 31, he suited up for three MLB teams in 2017 but received just 61 total plate appearances. The shortstop-capable utilityman carries a .223/.278/.306 batting line in 499 total MLB plate appearances.
Valdez, meanwhile, will reach his 28th birthday before the 2018 season. He has a 5.72 ERA over 50 1/3 total MLB innings spread over the past three seasons. Valdez does own a mid-to-upper-nineties heater and managed an 11.2% swinging-strike rate during his time in the majors in 2017.
They signed Sanchez so he doesn’t destroy them anymore. He has hit some big HRs against them
Not just against SF, also FOR SF. He always seemed to hit well in the clutch. Good depth piece so long as he stays healthy. Man that guy ALWAYS seemed to get whacked on foul tips. SF announcers used to say he would get hit a lot because he sat too high and needed to sit lower.
I’ll never forget the game I was at where he fouled like for balls in a row into his nuts before he walked
False, he limped
This was true
Man, we are definitely headed back to the postseason. Unreal.
Giants window has closed
Hi, I’m sarcasm. I don’t believe we’ve met.
I think we’ve met too much, personally
You’re either too young or not a real fan, since prior to 2010 nobody gave the giants a chance. Even after they won in 2010 they were written off. The only series they weren’t considered the underdog was the last one in 2014. Morons who keep saying this crap about the giants need to crawl back under the bridge the came from.
West to too good. Giants farm is awful and there team is old.
Meanwhile you got the doyuers, Rockies and dbacks
And you got the slowly rising padres
Like I said. Window is closed.
I agree with Lowtalker1
Rockies? Lol, please tell me when they have ever had two consecutive successful seasons. No.
Besides, Giants just need that 2nd wild card and they’re set. A healthy Bumgarner takes care of the rest 🙂
They’re young, 2010 band wagoners, Dodgethis. One bad year and the team is old.
One year and one year older outweighs 7 years of greatness. It’s just dumb.
With a handful of down years mixed in, the Giants have been competitive since 86 when Will Clark came along. I’ve been a fan since 20 years before that. These whining fans didn’t suffer those preClark years. They have no clue how good they have it now.
The idea of rebuilding is comical. Giants management, “Hey Bruce, Buster, Brandon, Brandon, Madison, Hunter, Mark, Jeff, Johnny…when we signed you for multi year contracts and we told you we were ALWAYS gonna try to win a title to get you to play here?…well, there’s been a change in plans. We’re gonna rebuild. Sorry guys. Do your best. Okay?”
You can’t rebuild.
You need a good dose of reality ! The Giants are in trouble
and will be lucky to finish 3rd in that tough division for the next 10 years!
giants will sell off at trade dead line and blow up whole team and start over
Nothing wrong with depth for a team that previously had none.
Depth for a team that lacks it is always a good thing.
Nice to see Hector signing a deal. Great guy. He has a couple of rings with the Giants. That the Giants are signing 3 former Padres doesn’t seem to be a great idea.
Actually all three of the players mentioned were with the Padres last year.
Stealing from Patrick L, 3 meet three
Actually all 3 were all three
This continues the trend of former Padres players, coaches and managers departing to other teams. It’s happens to every organization but I feel like we’ve seen our departed succeed elsewhere more than most.
You really gonna miss any of these guys? Sanchez was the only one that was decent and he was only good against SF
I wonder if Jose Valdez will bring coffee for everyone
From his brother, Juan ?
i prefer Nicaraguan coffee, but Dennis Martinez isn’t available.
Jose sucks watch out
3 ex Padres. Trying to take our players so you can catch us in the division next year.
Signing ex-padres has worked out well for the Giants in the past. Just look at that Bochy guy.
While Jose sucks so have fun.
Name some ex-Padres PLAYERS who flourished with SF, please.
Keith Mitchell. Dave Dravecky. Nick Hundley. Jake Peavy. I could keep going.
Kevin Mitchell. Craig Lefferts. Terry Kennedy.
Sign Schweinsteiger and they’ll win a World Cup for sure
Sanchez should be a mighty fine third string Catcher
What a sexy signing. Such offseason, much excite
wonder what nick noonan is doing this days former giant then padre
I’m assuming you’re aware of Google’s existence:
“Nicholas Murphy Noonan is an American professional baseball infielder who is currently a free agent.”
Padres in retaliation will do absolutely nothing
Good. Because these three are basically nothing
MY GOD IM GONNA LOSE MY MIND!!! Many of you, quit making these dumb mf-ing comments over milb signings.
You may already have brother. At this point in the cold stove what do we have left to talk about?
Man I don’t even like the MLB, I’m a MiLB fan strictly
then u should watch padres they are a minor league team at best
J’aime votre nom de plume.
Padres should have just traded these three for a bag of chips. mmmm chips