The Giants’ front office remains active in the 11th hour of the offseason.
Less than 24 hours before pitchers and catchers are set to report to Scottsdale, Ariz., for spring training, the Giants have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with right-handed pitcher Aaron Sanchez. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported details of the agreement Tuesday night.
The 28-year-old drew interest with his recent workout sessions in Miami, where he was reportedly throwing gas. It looks like he’ll have a chance to restart his career after undergoing 2019 shoulder surgery and missing the entire 2020 season.
Sanchez posted a 5.89 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 27 starts for the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros in 2019. He also started his MLB career in the bullpen, making 54 relief appearances in 2014 and '15.
Sanchez has posted a healthy 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings throughout his career but also issued an average of four walks every nine innings. He was an All-Star in 2016 and received some Cy Young votes after going 15-2 with an AL-Best 3.00 ERA in 192 innings for the Blue Jays.
The Giants also reportedly signed journeyman Nick Tropeano to a low-risk minor-league contract earlier in the day, with incentives should he get some big league service time. Sanchez and Tropeano figure to compete for a spot in the suddenly crowded starting rotation.
The Giants currently have five other healthy starters in Johnny Cueto, Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani, Logan Webb and Alex Wood, while Tyler Beede is also on the mend after undergoing Tommy John surgery last March.
Perhaps Sanchez and his power arm will also be thrown in the mix to be a closer for the Giants. Kapler said the ninth-inning role is “up for grabs,” so don't be surprised if the fireballing Sanchez gets a long look in a relief role this spring.