Pirates sign Jonathan Sanchez

Jon Heyman initially reported a potential deal between the Pirates and Jonathan Sanchez on Monday night.

The Bucs confirmed their interest in the 30 year old southpaw by announcing a minor league contract this morning. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

A quick glance at his numbers show one of the worst statistical starters in the majors last season. In Kansas City, he went 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA and a 2.044 WHIP in 53.1 innings. For the Rockies, he was 0-3 and posted a 9.53 ERA and 2.294 WHIP in just 11.1 innings. One intriguing line is his impressive 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings in his career. To counter, he’s posted an abysmal five walks per nine.

Sanchez’s claim to fame came back in 2009 when he no-hit the San Diego Padres:

Many figured that the addition of Sanchez would potentially end the Francisco Liriano saga. However, Heyman reports that is not the case:

Sanchez will most likely not break camp with the club, although he does provide decent depth. He’ll be one of nine non-roster pitchers in big league spring training.

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