5/21 Cubs claim Sanchez

The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the Cardinals. Sanchez, 24, will be assigned to Triple-A Iowa. He had one save and a 3.72 ERA in nine relief appearances for Triple-A Memphis, giving up four earned runs over 9 2/3 innings. He has spent part of the last two seasons in the big leagues with the Cardinals, combining to go 3-2 with five saves and a 3.40 ERA in 43 relief appearances. He has 48 strikeouts over 45 innings, and held opponents to a .166 batting average against. The right-hander made his Major League debut in 2011, and went 3-1 with five saves and a 1.80 ERA in 26 relief appearances.

— Carrie Muskat


Wow….the Cardinals are that blessed with talented young pitchers that they could afford to let this guy go??? Sounds like if the new regime is doing something right it is amassing young players and stocking the system. Good job again.

Wouldn’t the Cubs have been only the second team with a chance at him?

Sanchez, 24, has a 3.40 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 5.8 BB/9, and 0.60 HR/9 in 45 big league innings spanning 2011-12. Signed out of Venezuela in ’05, the hard-throwing righty spent some time closing for the Cardinals as a rookie in ’11, but later landed on the DL for a shoulder strain. He bounced up and down last year and has missed time this year with a forearm strain, making nine appearances at Triple-A. Even before his big league debut, Baseball America noted, “durability remains his biggest concern, as his small frame leaves some scouts wondering how his stuff will hold up at the major league level.”

The above is copied and pasted. Glad they picked Sanchez up, the last line is the concern. Hope he does great.

He is a better option than Rondon. Those two boys should exchange places with Rondon going to AAA and Sanchez coming to big club.

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