When you punch Nyjer Morgan in the face, that’s the picture I use when making a post about you. It’s just that simple.
Kaminska would be traded to the Red Sox this offseason in the Zach Stewart trade.
Enough about that though, we’re here for Gaby.
Earlier in the offseason Sanchez signed a one year, $1.75 million deal to avoid arbitration. Reportedly this deal is also heavily incentivized so he could earn more, which would bode well for the Pirates.
Personally, I like Sanchez. I think he can play both first and third above average. He has always been good defensively. On top of that he has been a reasonable every day player. In fact the guy was an All-Star in 2011.
|162 Game Avg.||162||17||72||.259||.333||.420||.753|
|MIA (5 yrs)||391||43||184||.260||.334||.422||.755|
|PIT (1 yr)||50||4||13||.241||.323||.397||.720|
If 2012 was just a down season the Pirates may have gotten an absolute steal. And it’s possible, he performed well for the Pirates.
If he does return to even his 2011 form that gives the Pirates options beyond just platooning him with Jones. It could help to cover up an offensively weak outfield too if it becomes a problem. It allows him to maybe switch out with Pedro Alvarez once in a while against lefties.
Still, I’d assume his biggest role is going to be as a platoon player. Garrett Jones has proven that he can’t hit lefties on a regular basis, if at all. For his part, Sanchez has mashed against lefties.
|vs RHP as RHB||403||1098||32||137||.248||.314||.398||.712|
|vs LHP as RHB||186||374||15||60||.291||.385||.484||.869|
|vs LH Starter||133||458||19||79||.279||.361||.467||.828|
|vs RH Starter||308||1014||28||118||.250||.319||.398||.718|
He also hits righties at a good clip too, which is why I’m honestly excited about him. Something you don’t hear me say too much.
Good defense? Check. Offensive upside? Check. Proven ability? Check. Good clubhouse guy? Check.
I guess it’s easy to see why TiGO’s own Melissa is such a big fan. Yinzers should love this guy too.
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