Cubs sign Jonathan Sanchez to minor league deal

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From Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune:

The Cubs signed free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal, according to a source.

The deal is said to include incentives if he makes the major league roster.

There was a report earlier this week that Sanchez was drawing free agent interest from seven or eight teams, but none of them apparently wanted to offer him a guaranteed major league contract. He will be fighting for a bullpen job in Cubs camp next spring.

Sanchez, 31, posted an 11.85 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance this past season for the Pirates.

He had an 8.07 ERA in 64 2/3 innings with the Royals and Rockies in 2012.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.