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Gaby Sanchez | First Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Gaby Sanchez has signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles.
Sanchez was non-tendered by the Pirates in early December and clearly didn't find much love in MLB free agency. The 31-year-old first baseman batted just .229/.293/.385 in 290 plate appearances last season for the Pirates. He was named a National League All-Star in 2011 with the Marlins, but his numbers fell off a cliff in 2012 and never recovered. Jan 8 - 9:28 AM

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Pirates non-tendered 1B Gaby Sanchez.

They had already designated Sanchez for assignment and have now officially cut him loose after they were unable to find a trade partner. Sanchez's days as a starter are over, but he'll catch on somewhere in a backup or possibly platoon role.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 11:58:00 PM

Pirates designated 1B Gaby Sanchez for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for utilityman Sean Rodriguez, who was acquired from the Rays on Monday morning. Sanchez batted just .229/.293/.385 with seven homers and 33 RBI in 123 games this past year for the Bucs.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 10:28:00 AM

Gaby Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 3-1 victory over the Reds.

Sanchez got the start against a right-handed pitcher because Ike Davis wasn't feeling well, and it worked out wonderfully for the Pirates. Sanchez took Mike Leake deep in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie. The first baseman, who typically does his damage against lefties, is hitting .233/.298/.393 with seven home runs and 33 RBI.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:14:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Getting the start against left-hander Travis Wood, Sanchez made the decision pay off. He hit an RBI single in the fourth inning while adding two doubles in the game. Despite the good game, Sanchez has struggled this season, batting .237/.302/.399.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 06:55:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pirates defeated the Braves 3-2 on Wednesday.

Jordy Mercer was on third base with one out following a fielding error by Justin Upton. Sanchez then lifted a fly ball to deep center field, allowing Mercer to score the winning run uncontested. Sanchez finished 1-for-2 with a walk and the RBI on the night. In 233 plate appearances this season, Sanchez is slashing .233/.300/.400 with six home runs and 27 RBI.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:15:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez went 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Mets on Monday.

Sanchez kick-started the Bucs' late comeback with a pinch-hit solo home run off Mets reliever Scott Rice in the top of the eighth inning. He then added an RBI single in the top of the ninth. The 30-year-old backup first baseman has an impressive .882 OPS with five homers and 12 RBI in 37 games this season.
Mon, May 26, 2014 04:59:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez homered off Yovani Gallardo in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

Sanchez got a rare start over Ike Davis against a right-hander in part because of his superior numbers against Gallardo, and it paid off. It was his first start since May 2, as the Pirates have faced nothing except righties lately.
Thu, May 15, 2014 04:17:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez went 4-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI triple, but the Pirates lost in 10 innings to the Orioles on Thursday.

Sanchez hadn't done much in the average or on-base departments but his four-hit day in the second half of Thursday's double-header boosts his slash line up to .275/.327/.588. The Pirates have been in need of an upgrade at first base, but Sanchez has been getting it done from the right side.
Fri, May 2, 2014 01:02:00 AM

Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice Monday before the game between the Pirates and Cubs was suspended due to rain with the score 7-7 after six innings.

The game will pick up where it left off at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. Before play concluded tonight, 10 homers were hit, including six by the Pirates. Starling Marte and Travis Snider also went deep for Pittsburgh. Sanchez's homers were his first two of the year, and it bodes well that he's having the big game in a start against a (usually) tough righty in Homer Bailey. He might get a crack at regular playing time at first base.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 11:48:00 PM

While Travis Ishikawa is expected to make the Pirates' Opening Day roster, Gaby Sanchez will still see the bulk of the playing time at first base.

As a left-handed swinger, Ishikawa would theoretically serve as the long side of a platoon, but it won't be your classic platoon situation. Sanchez will be in the lineup most days after batting .290/.371/.419 this spring. The 30-year-old has hit just .234/.319/.369 over the last two seasons and shouldn't be counted on outside of NL-only leagues.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 12:15:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk versus the Rays on Saturday.

Sanchez was limited by a bruised knee earlier in the way, but he's 3-for-5 in two games since returning and 5-for-8 overall this spring. The Pirates still haven't given up on bringing in a left-handed-hitting first baseman, but if the season started tomorrow, Sanchez would likely have the job mostly to himself.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 05:21:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez (knee) felt fine while hitting in the batting cage Monday.

Sanchez banged up his right knee on a slide last Friday, but he's fine. The first baseman should return to Grapefruit League action shortly.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 09:17:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez was scratched from the Pirates lineup on Saturday due to discomfort in his right knee.

The injury isn't expected to be serious and he's considered day-to-day. He's currently the favorite to serve as the team's starting first baseman, but could wind up in a platoon situation.
Sat, Mar 1, 2014 09:59:00 AM

Pirates avoided arbitration with 1B Gaby Sanchez by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract.

Sanchez hit .254/.361/.402 with seven homers for the Pirates last season and was arbitration-eligible for the second time. He's currently in line for everyday at-bats at first base, but the Pirates would like to bring in a platoon partner.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 11:34:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Michael Morse
3Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Pedro Florimon
3B1Josh Harrison
2Aramis Ramirez
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Travis Ishikawa
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5J.A. Happ
6Jeff Locke
7Casey Sadler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Joakim Soria
3Tony Watson
4Antonio Bastardo
5Jared Hughes
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Joe Blanton
9Deolis Guerra
10Brandon Cumpton