The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization re-signed lefty Ricardo Sánchez yesterday, the team announced (h/t to Jee-ho Yoo of Yonhap News). He’ll receive a $100K signing bonus and a $500K salary, while the contract contains another $150K in incentives.
Sánchez signed with the Eagles in April, landing a $400K contract to spend the bulk of the 2023 campaign there. The 5’10” hurler had a decent debut in Korea. He pitched to a 3.79 ERA through 126 innings. Sánchez’s 18.3% strikeout rate was modest, even in the context of a high-contact KBO environment. He showed good control, though, keeping his walk rate around 5%.
Before signing with the Eagles, Sánchez had been in Triple-A with the White Sox. He only made three appearances for the Sox’s top affiliate, leaving him without much time to put together a case for a big league call. His MLB experience consists of three relief appearances for the Cardinals in 2020. Sánchez has also spent minor league time with the Angels, Braves, Mariners, Phillies and Tigers since entering the professional ranks in 2014.
The Eagles have filled their allotted three spots for foreign-born players to open next season. They also re-signed pitcher Félix Peña while brining in former Cubs minor leaguer Yonathan Perlaza (who has never played in the majors) last month.