It’s been a pretty crazy day around baseball. Lots of moves made, and the Pirates have been very active.
First off, the Pirates made their corresponding moves to the Travis Snider trade. Drew Sutton was designated for assignment (a move that most people had been expecting for a few weeks) and Daniel McCutchen was recalled from Triple-A to fill Brad Lincoln‘s spot. Bryan Morris is probably more deserving than McCutchen, but D-Cutch has some experience and can also be used as a long reliever.
The second major move today was trading for Gaby Sanchez. The Bucs sent OF Gorkys Hernandez and their the 33rd pick in the 2013 draft to the Marlins for RHP Kyle Kaminista and the 1B. To sum up Gorkys: he won’t be missed. He’s not much more than a late inning defensive replacement who can run well. There just isn’t room for him with Cutch, Marte, Snider, Presley, and Tabata. The draft pick is from the competitive balance lottery (part of the new CBA), which is after the first round, and after the free agent compensation picks. Kaminista is a pitching prospect who is currently in Double-A. He has an ERA of 5.11. Sanchez is obviously the main piece of the trade. Here’s a breakdown of his numbers:
Sanchez, 28, made his debut in 2008, and didn’t complete a full season until 2010. His 2010 and 2011 numbers are both very impressive, and nearly identical. In 2011, he was the lone Marlins player in the ASG. But since then, there hasn’t been much heard about him. After playing in 55 games and hitting .202 in 2012, he was demoted back to Triple-A, where he’s currently hitting .302. Sanchez has an OBP of .404 against LHP since 2009. As far as contract info goes, Sanchez will be a free agent after 2016, and his eligible for arbitration in 2013.
This is a pretty good acquisition for the Bucs. There simply wasn’t room for Gorkys, and Sanchez will help sure-up the bench. What does this mean for the immediate future? Sanchez will be on the 25-man roster, where he’ll most likely platoon with Garrett Jones at first base. Casey McGehee will most likely be used as a corner infield utility guy, unless he’s moved within the last few minutes of the trade deadline.
Update: McGehee has been traded, more to come on that.