Freddy Sanchez selected to the All-Star Game

Freddy Sanchez was selected to the NL All-Star team as the lone representative for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year. The announcement is significant for the 2009 option that Sanchez has. Sanchez has an $8 M option next year with a $0.6 M buyout. However, the option has a trigger clause, which guarantees the 2010 salary based on plate appearances. Sanchez needed 635 plate appearances, or 600 plate appearances and an All-Star selection....

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Mythbusters: Are the Pirates avoiding Freddy's option?

The recent speculation is that the Pirates are intentionally benching Freddy Sanchez in order to avoid guaranteeing his 2010 option of $8 M. The option is guaranteed with either 635 plate appearances, or 600 plate appearances and an All-Star game nomination. The speculation picked up as Sanchez missed two games this past week, benched in favor of Delwyn Young. Before we blow this out of proportion, let’s look at the facts:...

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