On November 7, 2011, the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants agreed on a trade that sent starting left handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez and barely above organizational pitcher Ryan Verdugo to Kansas City in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The deal, as more do than we let on, made sense for both teams. The Royals, in need of pitching help, were selling high on a replaceable asset coming off a career season. The Giants needed an outfielder, and were scheduled to overpay what was ultimately a fourth or fifth starter through arbitration if they were to keep Sanchez.

However, what appeared equal on paper in the off season proved to be anything but as the schedule progressed, and actual baseball was played. While Cabrera was gathering more base hits than any other player in baseball, Jonathan Sanchez seemed to be giving up more base hits that any other player in baseball. That is, when he managed to actually pitch in the zone.

Among starting pitchers with more than 50 innings pitched, Sanchez ranked last in xFIP, last in FIP and second last in ERA. His 16.3% walk rate and minuscule 0.82 strike out to walk ratio are both the worst in the league by  a good measure.

And so, it comes with little surprise that Sanchez was designated for assignment today by Kansas City. When asked for comment, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said the following:

Uncle.

Comments (5)

  1. +1 to GB. Parkes is going HAM today with these posts. Good job, good effort.

  2. In a perfect world things might have worked out but as we all know this is not a perfect world especially when it comes to baseball. Better luck next time GM Moore, I know your pain I’m from Pittsburgh, PA home of the much malign Pirates. Bernie O’

  3. Like the article said, the deal seemed fine for both parties before the season started.
    Shit happens as the Royals can attest.

  4. I’d actually give kudos to Dayton Moore for not letting his pride get in the way. Some teams would hang on to the guy and keep using him because they’re afraid to admit they made a bad trade. Trade made sense at the time, but didn’t work out. Dayton Moore accepted that and moved on in (relatively) short order.

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