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.
First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.
Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.