San Francisco added a one-year, $ 4 million offseason warranty to Sanchez. It was a low risk shot on a reclamation candidate. Sanchez showed a lot of promise early in his career with the Blue Jays, but had been plagued by injuries for the past few years and missed all of last season recovering from shoulder surgery in September 2019 .
While the addition didn’t go as hoped, it wasn’t a complete failure. Sanchez worked at a 3.06 ERA in 35 1/3 innings in nine appearances (seven starts). His 16.7% strikeout rate and 9.6% walk percentage weren’t particularly impressive, but he induced the Grounders to a strong clip of 52.3%. It’s not quite the number of elite players Sanchez boasted in his heyday, but it was his best season in that regard since 2016.
Sadly, Sanchez’s problems with staying healthy reappeared in early May. The 29-year-old landed on the injured list with tightness in his right bicep. Between that and the blistering issues that arose during his rehab mission in the minor leagues, Sanchez missed nearly three months. He returned to make two appearances before being released.
Sanchez is entitled to his full salary of $ 4 million, of which approximately $ 1.1 million remains to be paid. Any team claiming waivers from Sanchez would shoulder the rest of that paycheck, but it seems more likely that he’ll go through the unclaimed ones and hit free agency. At this point, rival clubs could sign Sanchez for the prorated portion of the league’s minimum wage, with the rest of the bill falling on the Giants.