San Francisco has avoided arbitration with another player, following up a one-year, $1.1 million deal with Travis Ishikawa by signing catcher Hector Sanchez to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
Sanchez served as Buster Posey’s backup this past season, but hit just .196 in 66 games and missed the final two months of the year due to a concussion.
At age 25 he’s a career .246 hitter with a .630 OPS in 216 games and there had been some speculation that the Giants preferred rookie Andrew Susac as Posey’s new backup.
Right-hander Michael Kohn has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Braves that includes an invitation to spring training.
Kohn was dropped by the Angels in September and later signed with the Rays, but was dropped by Tampa Bay last month as well when he declined an assignment to Triple-A.
During the past two seasons Kohn had a 3.52 ERA in 88 appearances for the Angels, striking out 78 batters in 77 innings to go with a mid-90s fastball, but he also walked 5.6 batters per nine frames.
He’ll compete for a middle relief gig.
As soon as Dave Martinez failed to make the three finalists to replace Joe Maddon as the Rays’ manager it seemed all but certain he’d wind up on Maddon’s new coaching staff with the Cubs.
Sure enough, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Martinez is headed to Chicago to serve as Maddon’s bench coach, which is the same position he held in Tampa Bay.
Martinez was drafted by the Cubs in 1983 and debuted for Chicago in 1986, playing four seasons for the Cubs among 16 total years in the majors. He spent seven years as Maddon’s bench coach in Tampa Bay.
Travis Ishikawa, who went from Triple-A first baseman and bench bat to San Francisco’s starting left fielder in the playoffs, has avoided arbitration with the Giants by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million deal.
Ishikawa figures to resume being a part-time player and bench bat in 2015. He’s a career .259 hitter with a .719 OPS in 444 games and looked pretty shaky in the outfield after playing exclusively first base previously.