April 29: Sanchez is still evaluating his options and will throw a four-inning bullpen on Friday, Rosenthal tweets. He wants to build up to the 100-pitch mark before he signs anywhere.
April 28: Sanchez is planning to sign this week and could settle on a team as early as tomorrow, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link).
April 23: The Yankees, Phillies, Marlins, Tigers, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays were among the teams at Sanchez’s showcase this morning, Heyman tweets.
April 21: Sanchez will throw yet another bullpen session for teams this Friday, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. He worked out for clubs in the offseason and reportedly turned down a couple offers, opting instead to see how health-and-safety protocols played out. He then worked out for teams early in the season but suffered the aforementioned finger laceration midway through his bullpen.
April 20: Free-agent righty Anibal Sanchez has been working out for clubs around the league and is drawing interest from several of his former employers, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The Braves, Nationals and Marlins have all looked into Sanchez, whose last bullpen session was truncated by a laceration on his middle finger that ought to have healed up by now. There’s interest from a couple of AL clubs as well, per Rosenthal.
Interest from any of the clubs linked to Sanchez this morning makes plenty of sense, given the pitching situations on each of the three. The Braves have recently placed Max Fried and Drew Smyly on the injured list, where they’ve joined Mike Soroka, whose recovery timeline recently hit a setback. None of the injuries is thought to be especially long-term, but the team’s depth has been tested early on.
The Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the injured list this week and have watched as left Patrick Corbin has been crushed by opposing lineups (15 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings). Last night’s rough start from Joe Ross only added fuel to the fire, sending the team’s collective rotation ERA to a disastrous 6.24 that ranks last among all big league teams. Currently, Max Scherzer is the only Nats pitcher who has started more than one game and has an ERA south of 5.00.
Meanwhile, Marlins righties Sixto Sanchez and Elieser Hernandez have dealt with injuries early in the 2021 season. They’re also carrying a pair of Rule 5 right-handers, Zach Pop and Paul Campbell, who have been hit hard in their first exposure to big league pitching.
Sanchez, 37, didn’t sign over the winter and is coming off a rough 2020 showing. The veteran right-hander was tagged for a 6.62 ERA in 53 innings with the Nationals last summer, although he’s only a season removed from 166 innings of 3.85 ERA ball during his first season with Washington.
How did Matt Moore get a deal and not Sanchez?
Moore was pretty good in Japan last year.
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If you remember he said he would of signed a deal but he wanted to wait on COVID and how it plays out. I guess he thinks it’s safe to play right now. Moore also was good in Japan
He probably got the vaccine, so he’s fine playing now
6 years younger, decent numbrers over in Japan last year.
Forgot… left handed and likely to cost less money
Moore has a higher ceiling and lookee great in Japan. Unfortunately after 3 starts in the bigs, it’s clear he’s toast. Shame.
He’s tipping his pitches.
Solid points. But man, Moore hasn’t been good in MLB a long time.
Yea. The hope was his Japan resurgence wasn’t a fluke, but alas…here we are.
Also if im not mistaken he pitched more innings there than any pitcher in MLB so they were hoping he would eat some extra innings.
Same with Mike Fiers. Hope the A’s pick him up
Wondering if the Yankees are one of those AL teams. Seems like they can use a starter, maybe one ready to give 5 innings. Any word on what Rick Porcello is doing these days?
Pretty Rick is just sitting at home being pretty. Occasionally, he’ll rise and contemplate the idea of grabbing the ol’ glove, but he’ll think, “Is it worth it since I’m so pretty?” No it is not.
Hahaha. Maybe he’s waiting for the offer to coach Seton Hall Prep.
I remember when he pitched for them. Local product from my neck of the woods. In fact, I run through a lot of those woods.
Perhaps you may want to keep to yourself the fact that you enjoy spending time in the woods near an all boys catholic school, haha
Technically, it’s the trails in South Mountain Reservation, where lots of us trail runners scamper through the woods, oblivious to the outside world, with the endorphins coursing through our system and bringing about the utter joy of distance running. It’s not creepy, but I do feel like I’m creeping after about three hours of gravel hills and whatnot.
Hayzee, this might draw some ugly attention but you have some writing skill.
Was thinking the same thing. Good old mediocre Porcello.
Sanchez would be a good pickup for the Braves but only if the price is right.
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Maybe the Cards scoop him up.
How did Anibal not make the all-star game in 2013?
His 2nd half was worlds better than his first half.
Sanchez can’t go five innings anymore… he’s done.
Porcello can be effective but not consistently… gets beat in one bad inning each game, which he invariably endures. Done.
I was dubious about the Nationals pitching. Scherzer (on the down side), ok. But Strasborg (is he ever healthy?) and Corbin (lay off the slider) no longer the dependable performers they were.
Starting pitching in MLB is generally thin… the Mets are rich, however.
Bet he ends up with ATL. WSH is a train wreck this season and I doubt he’ll want to pitch for a team that does not have a chance to compete for the division.
That works both ways. Will a team attempting to compete for the division want him?
With the Marlins, he would be a great fit. They aren’t sure what they’ll be as far as contenders or not this year with a young staff as the season moves forward. They can sure use someone to take some innings away from the young arms. He is another veteran with postseason experience and good work ethic that can lead. He would be at the backend of the rotation in a staff that has many arms. Even if he can’t go too many innings, he can still pivot to long relief/opener role as Sanchez and Eliezer return to join Alcantara, Lopez and Rogers, as they rotate Castano and Neidert and Braxton Garrett in and out and prepare to bring up Cabrera.
Will make for more pitching strength.
Pitching depth is never a luxury.
Sometimes beggars can’t be choosers, sometimes they can.
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Dodgers have David Price, IN THE BULLPEN. Braves have DFA’s and reclamation projects. Aside from Matzek, and occasionally Minter WHO is going to get outs? Braves went 27-0 last year when leading after 7th inning over 162 you could equate that to 60 plus wins.
Unbelievable that there is that much interest in a guy who had a 6.62 era last year
Sanchez has been down before. Additionally, last year was a short season, and also Sanchez is the mold of pitcher that tends to have longevity due to his ability to finesse his way into quality starts.
Imagine that recent history says you are not very good at your job and have not been for some time, yet you can still get paid around a million bucks a year and have some the finest healthcare available to you. The charmed life of an elite athlete.
Executives, royalty, musicians, actors, any famous person.
Same concept but with less $?
Govt workers, some unions, preachers, police.
More professions than you realize. Many companies are having extreme issues recruiting right now, especially service industries.. Look around as you travel, and you will definitely see many help wanted signs, probably offering incentives.
If they are struggling to hire, then consider baseball is a pretty specialized industry, and very few people have the skillset required.
The Braves, Nationals and Marlins have all looked into Sanchez, whose last bullpen session was truncated by a laceration on his middle finger that ought to have healed up by now. There’s interest from a couple of AL clubs as well, per Rosenthal.
Isn’t three plus a couple equal to five?
For a sec I thought this was saying that Sixto was the 37 year old Sanchez, not Anibal.
With the amount of falsified birth certificates going around, we shouldn’t be surprised.
If you can throw 100MPH, it doesn’t matter if you’re 75 years old. You’re going to have a job.
That’s because you have the reading comprehension of a cabbage patch doll.
Dumpster Divin Theo
Update: Anibal Sanchez Getting Interest from the hitters of several of his former opponents
Dunno why the Angels aren’t listed as taking a look. He can’t be worse than Quintana, can he? I was really hoping Quintana would be a decent middle of the order guy, but so far he’s awful. Maybe he’ll still right the ship
He will right the ship. Long way to go in this season; Q will be okay.
So far Quintana is still pitching badly.
And the identity of the three teams is a secret because…?
Because of shame. Like waiting until the very end of the night to pick up the last girls at the bar.
Bearded Texas Hulk
Worth a flier. Maybe a low market team could sign him and flip him.
This has the Blue Jays written all over it….
Anibel needs a little than more of Ponce de Leon’s juice.
Pitching depth seems like a problem on every NL East team, except maybe the Mets and even that’s a maybe because Peterson and Walker haven’t exactly looked lights out of late.
Dont the Yankees have enough reclamation projects that are doing horrendous?
I dont get them. they have Gerrit Cole, a legit 1, then 4 number 4s and 5s.
If he joined the Yankees he’d get to be in the All Star Game (as the HR derby pitcher)
He might have to fight Corey Kluber or Domingo German for that role
As of right now having Tanaka back in the rotation would be a luxury.
Not sure why the Tigers would even be interested in Sanchez, other than to say hi to an old friend.
The Saber-toothed Superfife
It’s obvious, Captain. They have done so much site seeing this year…they are padding their expense accounts, having a good time, enjoying their lives as awesome sports professionals…… laughing their glutamuses off…….. all the way to the bank.
That’s why the Tigers are perennial contenders… because these guys are so good at their jobs……
Pete Walker can work his magic with him. We need to add some right handed arms to the rotation
This only makes sense for the Yanks if they are going to cut bait with Kluber. And with $11 mill guaranteed I don’t see that happening right now.
I feel like the Phillies will sign him, and he’ll be awful.
It was pretty suspect for the Marlins to carry two Rule-5 picks on their opening day roster to begin with, but I think Pop will be ok. He had a couple of very rough outings, but has also looked stellar in his last couple appearances. Campbell, however, I see nothing in and he can go back to Tampa any time.
I was at the Nats game Monday night when Ross started. That was hard to watch.
Sanchez will fit right in with the Yankees. “Give me your sick, tired, old”…Lady Liberty wants him there!
Jon Heyman…. Anibal Sanchez agent.
Dombrowski’s signings to fill out the starting pitching rotation have been disastrous so far for the Phillies. He may have to make another signing or trade soon.
Moore and Anderson are horrible and retaining Velasquez hasn’t worked out either.
I’m guessing he signs with the Blue Jays. After putting Hyun Jin Ryu on the IL today, they only have two active starting pitchers.
Definitely not the Yankees they are on a budget remember.
Hope not. I’d rather them weather the storm, start Kay or Thornton, Stripling, Ryu and Pearson will all be back in the next few weeks .
Then wait for a better acquisition closer to the deadline
Since little Dusty muted me, I’ll reply with a maybe on Annibal. Jays do need inning eaters.
Not sure why Dusty talks closers when innings 1-7 is a bigger problem than the 9th.
If the Phillies r looking for a 4th or 5th guy in rotation that can give u 5 innings why not sign Ex-Phillie Cole Hamels. He can be that Veteran guy just like Jamie Moyer was and have all the young guys soak up all his knowledge. Plus he can retire a Philly at season end.
There’s an idea. What’s Jamie Moyer doing these days?
The only thing is John Middleton is gonna have to go over the Luxury Tax because the Phillies also need to make a move for a CF we haven’t gotten any production there and we need to make a move if we want to hang around in the NL East!!!
This will be interesting. Every one of the mentioned teams have legit shots…although I think the D-Backs and Tigers are long shot right now…depending how good Sanchez looked.
I’d be a little shocked if it were the Braves. I mean, if Wilson struggles tonight and immediately after we sign up, ok… I’ll sorta understand it happening but even then. I want Wilson out there to figure it out. Let the kid pitch and continue to get experience! Stop giving him 1 or two games then pulling him! Extend his freaking leash Braves!!!
Tjays are prob his best option in the sense of starting and playoff chance. But i would guess the fish get him
Cubs could use pitching. Unfortunately the Ricketts claim they’re broke sitting on over 3 billion dollars.
I predict the Blue Jays.
He has a career losing record and has made $110 million !! What a wonderful country we live in !!
Sanchez wanting to get to 100 pitches says he wants to get right on to a roster rather than build up in the minors. Wonder who he will sign with. Also no news on Rick Porcello at all?
Sanchez hasn’t signed on anywhere yet but it’s been announced that he’s been placed on the 10 Day IL.
He was just announced to represent team Venezuela in the Olympic qualifiers along with chirinos
He was just announced to represent team Venezuela in the Olympic qualifiers along with chirinos