Pirates sign Freddy Sanchez to multi-year deal

February 5, 2008 at 8:48 am 5 comments

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Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez has reached preliminary agreement on a contract that could be worth about $19 million over three seasons, a baseball source said Tuesday. The deal is for two guaranteed years and includes a third-year option that will vest if Sanchez reaches a designated threshold based on plate appearances. I’m not a huge fan of this deal but it’s not a horrible one either.

Sanchez, who is 30 now, is a good hitter for average. He will hit a good number of doubles but might find it hard to get to double digit homers every year. He isn’t a great baserunner, probably below average for a middle infielder and he is losing range at secondbase. He doesn’t take walks either (92 walks in over 1800 plate appearances in his career).

The only reason this deal makes sense is that he would only make about $6M average annually salary and the Pirates have no one ready to step in take the secondbase job if Sanchez leaves. The deal also gives them freedom to deal him for prospects since he islocked into a cheap deal that isn’t too long term.

By signing the new deal, Sanchez avoids a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for next week. Sanchez had been looking for $4.9 million in arbitration, while the Pirates had countered with an offer of $4.1 million.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
some info taken from Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aaron Boynton  |  February 5, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    So..when is Kevin McClatchey going to sell this team? One of the worst owners in sports. Pirates fans don’t deserve this.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 5, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    At least they got rid of Littlefield and co.

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  • 3. Aaron Boynton  |  February 6, 2008 at 7:54 am

    I spent 3 summers down in Western PA near Pittsburgh and I can tell you that any GM they had was NOT the problem. The owner is such a cheapskate and will do nothing to improve the team. It’s been documented that McClatchey has pocketed luxury tax money instead of putting it back into the team to make them competitive again.

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 6, 2008 at 8:47 am

    They also had a GM that made awful decisions and a scouting director that was awful! Thier drafts have been awful, especially for a low budget team, and they are awful at developing their talent. I do believe the owner is awful but I think this is a collective problem.

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  • 5. Erik  |  February 6, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Sanchez is versatile which is what his appeal is I guess but Pirates are still a long way from Stargell’s We are family team. Pittsburgh is mainly a football town, what they need bad is Mark Cuban to buy them…

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