UPDATE 4:30 PM: Dejan Kovacevic reports that the offer from Sanchez ($6 M, $6.5 M, $7.5 M) was rejected by the Pirates.
UPDATE 4:11 PM: Jennifer Langosch reports that the offer from Sanchez to the Pirates was 3 years/$20 M. If we assume the $8 M option next year would be guaranteed, that’s $6 M a year for the final two years. The Pirates were offering $5 M a year, which would be 3/$15 M. I’d say 3/$18 M would be a fair compromise, giving the Pirates Sanchez for $6 M a year, which is less than he makes this season. Although no guarantee they don’t trade him, but I have a feeling that’s why the Pirates are stressing that no deal is in place (aside from the obvious reason that no deal is in place).
UPDATE 4:00 PM: Dejan Kovacevic is the latest to say that the Pirates would get no major league players for Sanchez. Of the rumored names mentioned earlier, Jesus Guzman is the only player on the active roster in San Francisco. Kevin Goldstein says don’t be surprised to see the Pirates try Andy LaRoche at second. Pat at WHYGAVS likes that idea, as Andy’s bat plays better there. It would allow Alvarez to stay at third, and open first base for either Garrett Jones or Jeff Clement, while filling an immediate need at second base.
A lot of rumors surrounding Freddy Sanchez, including some that are suggesting a deal is close with San Francisco. Here is a rundown, and since it’s raining here at the beach, I’ll be keeping this post updated if anything new comes up. Keep checking my Twitter feed for the latest news on Twitter.
-Jennifer Langosch says that the Giants are checking out Freddy’s knee this afternoon, and that a deal is in place if everything is OK. The deal wouldn’t involve any major league players.
-Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated Tweets that the Giants are in serious talks for Freddy Sanchez, and that Kevin Frandsen, John Bowker, and Jesus Guzman are three of the many names being discussed. Bowker is an outfielder, while Frandsen and Guzman are infielders. None of these players would be an inspiring center piece for a Freddy deal.
-Dejan Kovacevic Tweets that the Sanchez deal is being slowed by knee trouble, San Francisco is not the only team interested, and no deal is in place with anyone. DK also says that the Pirates insist that no deal is in place, while a source outside of the organization says a deal is in place. Sanchez will be examined by SF doctors within the hour. This is the first time I’ve heard the term “within the hour” outside of the opening 15-20 minutes of an episode of “24”.
-Joel Sherman of the NY Post hears the Giants are “definitely getting Freddy Sanchez”.
-Sanchez has apparently made a three year counter offer to the Pirates, according to DK on the PBC Blog.
-Henry Schulman wrote that the Pirates could send Sanchez for prospects, or a player on the 25-man roster and lesser prospects. He confirms the knee issues. He also said that the prospects would be “higher-level prospects than Scott Barnes”. Barnes was the #9 ranked prospect according to Baseball America this season, but he’s also in High-A ball. This means “higher-level” could either be a top 8 prospect, or a prospect in AA or AAA.