The Giants wanted to keep Freddy Sanchez's surgery quiet

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Giants’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez had surgery on his shoulder in late December, but no one knew about it until late January. The Giants said at the time the news came out that they kept it secret at Sanchez’s request, with him not wanting people to make his health a topic of discussion. Sanchez, however, is saying that he never told the Giants that, and that he was surprised when the team said such a thing.

Scandal!

Well, a small one, anyway. For what it’s worth, the Merc’s Andrew Baggarly thinks that the Giants kept Sanchez’s surgery a secret because they were negotiating with utilityman Juan Uribe at the time, and if Uribe’s people knew about Sanchez, he’d have extra leverage in the negotiations. If that was the case they squandered their leverage, because Uribe still got $3.5 million, which is more than any other backup infielder got this winter.

But hey, at least they blew their integrity with respect to player injuries in the deal, so it was totally worth it.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.