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First Pitch: Decision Day For Jonathan Sanchez

First Pitch: Decision Day For Jonathan Sanchez

The Pirates have to make a decision on Jonathan Sanchez.

Today is the deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates to make a decision on left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez wants to be a starter, and the Pirates have to either add him to the active roster, or grant him his release. Coincidentally, he's also scheduled to start today. With the current makeup of the team, there should be no reason why he isn't added to the team.

The Pirates have three guys with guaranteed rotation spots: A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, and James McDonald. From there, they've had some injuries, leaving two spots open. Francisco Liriano may not be ready for another month, and Jeff Karstens has been experiencing some shoulder problems. That leaves Sanchez, Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson, and Jeanmar Gomez battling it out for the final two spots.

Sanchez is coming off a horrible season last year, but before that he looked pretty good. From 2007-2010 he had an xFIP around 4.00, and in 2011 it was 4.36. If the act...

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