Giants' Freddy Sanchez finally nearing return

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sanchez posing.JPGFreddy Sanchez has played only 25 games in a Giants uniform despite being with the club since July 29 of last year.  It was a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined in 2009 and knee surgery has him on the disabled list this month.  Well, we finally have some good news on the 32-year-old second baseman.

According to the Associated Press, Sanchez has begun participating in games down at extended spring training and could rejoin the big league club in two weeks.

Sanchez is a .299/.334/.417 hitter in 2,500-plus career at-bats.  He was inked to a two-year, $12 million contract extension this winter and is just about ready to show the Giants that he was worth the investment.  Or, at least he’ll try.

Report: Yankees J.A. Happ, closing in on a three-year deal

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UPDATE: Rosenthal is now walking the report back a bit, saying that indications that the Yankees and Happ are close to a deal but that it is not yet done.

10:29 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and J.A. Happ have come to terms on a three-year deal. The agreement is pending a physical. The financial terms are not yet known.

Happ just turned 36, but he has been effective enough to warrant a three-year commitment. The Yankees know this as well as anyone, having acquired him last year and watched him post a 7-0 record and a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in New York. For the entire season he was 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 193/51 in 177.2 innings between the Yankees and the Blue Jays.

With Happ back in the fold, the Yankees rotation now consists of Luis Severino, James Paxton, Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, not necessarily in that order. A good group, assuming it stays healthy.