Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sanchez back in the Orange and Black???

An intriguing idea for sure -- a reader writes into mlb.com's Chris Haft suggesting the Giants sign Jonathan Sanchez. Here's the question and response:  

Can pitching coach Dave Righetti and bullpen coach Mark Gardner turn Jonathan Sanchez into a successful reliever?
-- Mike O., Guayabitos, Mexico

The notion of bringing back Sanchez, a free agent who won't command a high salary after his subpar 2010-11 seasons, is intriguing. His skill remains tantalizing, though the diminished velocity and command that he displayed with the Giants in 2010 was disturbing. But Sanchez has bullpen experience and just might be suited to display his stuff in short, intense bursts, as Lincecum did in the postseason. Though the Giants have a full complement of left-handers (Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Jose Mijares and Dan Runzler), the more the merrier. If anybody can coax effectiveness from Sanchez, it's Righetti, Gardner and vice president of player personnel Dick Tidrow, a group that probably knows him better than anyone. 

He had a pretty nice year in 2010 with a WAR of 3.0. All told, though, his WAR over 7 seasons is 2.7. 

It's strange how this worked out. The Giants got Melky for Sanchez, who flopped in KC and then in Colorado. I wonder if the Giants will offer him a non-roster spot....


Blogger Robert LeRoy Parker said...

Sounds like Dontrelle Willis. Maybe he can figure it out in AAA.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

Ha! Great comment, Robert

11:30 PM  

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