Pirates Make Jonathan Sanchez Signing Official

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Jonathan Sanchez signing official, per a team press release this morning. Sanchez comes in on a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. No word yet on his salary if he were to make the major league team. The Spring Training tracker has been updated with the signing. There are now 19 non-roster...

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First Pitch: The Starting Pitching Depth

With yesterday’s news that the Pirates were adding Jonathan Sanchez, and today’s news that they’re still on track to sign Francisco Liriano, the starting pitching scene is getting crowded. Here is a breakdown of all the options who are either currently on the team, or in the case of Sanchez/Liriano, expected to sign. Guarantees for the Rotation A.J. Burnett - Burnett had a 3.51 ERA in 202.1 innings last year, and his...

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Pirates Want to Sign Both Liriano and Sanchez

The either/or question with Francisco Liriano and Jonathan Sanchez seems to have an answer. Tom Singer had an update on Twitter, saying Neal Huntington wants to sign both left-handers. Neil Huntington tells me he wants to sign BOTH Liriano and Sanchez, for rotation options. Not an either-or scenario for #Pirates — Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) February 5, 2013 That’s obviously a good thing, since both players have some upside,...

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First Pitch: Francisco Liriano vs Jonathan Sanchez

When the news came out that the Pittsburgh Pirates were close to an agreement with left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, my initial reaction was that he was very similar to Francisco Liriano. It started out as a basic comparison. They were both left-handed pitchers coming off down seasons with control issues, high strikeouts, and they were each a few years removed from a great season. The Liriano signing has been crazy. The Pirates...

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Pirates Close to Deal With Jonathan Sanchez

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to a deal with left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. Jonathan Sanchez is close to a deal with the #pirates. word is, he's healthy and worked all winter on mechanics. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 4, 2013 Sanchez missed time last year with a biceps injury. He only made 15 starts, putting up a pretty alarming 8.07 ERA in 64.2 innings. His xFIP was better at 6.46, but...

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