Jon Morosi broke the news on twitter today that the San Francisco Giants may be open to trading starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. The Giants, who have what seems like an unlimited amount of quality pitchers, and may be looking for bats in return in a trade for Sanchez. The Giants are looking to cut down the salary of their rotation, and at a projected $5.2MM next year by MLB Trade Rumors, he is just too expensive to keep around for the Giants.
Sanchez, 29, fought injuries this season, making only19 starts last season. He was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA. However, the season before, Sanchez had one of the best years of his career, going 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA. In 2010, he led the league in hits per nine innings with 6.6, however, he has had major control problems in his career, walking 4.8 per nine innings.
The Mets have been in trade talks with the Giants before, and could enter discussions again if they don’t sign Jose Reyes. With over $40MM of spending money, an investment like Sanchez could pay off for the front office.
Here are Jonathan’s career stats: