Forget a Yolmer Sanchez return to White Sox, he reportedly has deal with Giants

Forget a Yolmer Sanchez return to White Sox, he reportedly has deal with Giants

The dream many fans had of Yolmer Sanchez returning to the South Side for the 2020 season might be over.

According to reports, Sanchez has a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. Sanchez, who won an American League Gold Glove at second base last season with the White Sox, reportedly turned down a couple major league offers to compete for the everyday second baseman's job in San Francisco.

Sanchez was a fan favorite during his tenure with the White Sox, a positive clubhouse presence who earned a reputation as a fun-loving teammate through his various on-field antics, including repeated pranks involving the dugout's Gatorade bucket. He also proved himself to be one of the game's finest defensive infielders, a valuable skill even if his offensive production rarely lived up to the same standards. Last season, as the starting second baseman, Sanchez hit .252/.318/.321 with a pair of home runs and 43 RBIs.

Even after the White Sox non-tendered him earlier this offseason, team brass spoke positively of him, an indication that the door might not be closed on a reunion. But the White Sox infield is fast filling up with long-term pieces. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada had huge seasons on the left side in 2019, and Nick Madrigal, one of the top-rated prospects in baseball, is expected to reach the major leagues in the early portions of the 2020 season. Madrigal, the White Sox first-round draft pick in 2018, had an excellent offensive season in the minors last year and carries a similar defensive reputation as Sanchez. Whether Madrigal will make the Opening Day roster remains to be seen — it sounds unlikely — but he's expected to be the team's starting second baseman for the bulk of the 2020 campaign.

Given that crunch on the infield, Sanchez, even after his Gold Glove win, seemed destined for a reserve role had he returned to the South Side. Who knows if the White Sox were one of the teams that extended a major league contract offer to Sanchez, but there didn't seem to be room for him to have a starting job with this group. He can at least compete for such a role with the Giants.

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Giants stun Bears with big 4th quarter in Madden ‘20 simulation

Giants stun Bears with big 4th quarter in Madden ‘20 simulation

Once again, we put the Bears’ Madden ‘20 counterparts to the test ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Giants at Soldier Field. 

Early on, the Bears looked like they would have a bounce-back game after last week's disappointment in Los Angeles. Mitch Trubisky had his best game of the season, throwing for 453 yards and 2 touchdowns while also rushing for another score. The defense was containing the Giants’ offense as well, holding them to only 14 points heading into the 4th quarter. 

But that was where things took an ugly turn for the Bears. 

First, Janoris Jenkins intercepted Trubisky and returned it for a touchdown, bringing the Giants within a field goal of the Bears. On the Bears’ next possession, they were able to drive down the field, but couldn’t find the end zone, so they decided to attempt a field goal. The Giants were able to block the Eddy Pineiro attempt, and with a short field, Daniel Jones tossed his second touchdown of the game, giving the Giants a 28-24 lead. On the following drive, Mitch threw his second interception of the game, and the Giants once again were able to turn a Bears turnover into points. 

In a stunning turn of simulated events, the Giants snatched a 35-24 win from the Bears’ grasp thanks to that crazy 4th quarter. We’ll have to see if Matt Nagy’s crew can get back on the winning track when kick-off actually happens at noon on Sunday.

Giants hire Cubs assistant general manager Scott Harris as general manager

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Giants hire Cubs assistant general manager Scott Harris as general manager

A member of the Cubs’ front office is on the move.

Sunday, the Giants hired Cubs front office executive Scott Harris as general manager.

“I am so appreciative and honored to join the San Francisco Giants, a storied franchise with a loyal, passionate and deserving fan base,” Harris said in a press release. “I’m humbled by the opportunity to help bring the next World Championship to Giants fans and to San Francisco, a city that has always held a special place in my heart.”

Harris, a Bay Area native, joined the Cubs in 2012 as director of baseball operations. He held that title through 2017 before being promoted to assistant general manager in Jan. 2018.

At 32, Harris is now the youngest general manager in MLB. He's long been viewed as a general manager prospect.

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