Tim Lincecum probably isn’t going anywhere, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Giants are willing to trade left-hander Jonathan Sanchez.
After posting a 3.07 ERA and 205 strikeouts over 193 1/3 innings in 2010, Sanchez regressed to the tune of a 4.26 ERA this season. The 28-year-old southpaw struggled mightily with his command, averaging 5.86 BB/9, and didn’t throw another pitch after spraining his left ankle in mid-August. He also missed more than a month during the season with left biceps tendinitis.
The Giants are currently trying to clear payroll space in order to add some punch offensively via free agency, so parting with Sanchez makes plenty of sense on paper. Still, one wonders what the market will be for someone who is coming off a down year and figures to make as much as $6 million in his final year of arbitration.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.