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Jonathan Sanchez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 198
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Cubs released LHP Jonathan Sanchez.
Sanchez was lit up for five runs over two-thirds of an inning in his lone appearance for Triple-A Iowa back on April 4 and has been on the DL with a shoulder injury since then. It's not clear at this point when he'll be physically ready to pitch. The 31-year-old hasn't been an effective pitcher for a long time. Jul 4 - 10:32 AM

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Jonathan Sanchez got the save in Monday's 3-2 win over the Giants.

Sanchez retired the Giants in order in the ninth, though two of the outs were on line drives. The left-hander, a non-roster invitee, is trying to earn a spot in the Cubs' bullpen, but he hasn't had a great spring. He has allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings in the Cactus League.
Mar 10 - 6:40 PM

Non-roster invitee Jonathan Sanchez is trying to make the Cubs' Opening Day roster as a reliever.

Just five of Sanchez's 134 appearances since 2008 have come in relief, but the left-hander is at a crossroads in his career and is willing to give the conversion a shot. The 31-year-old is feeling good about how his stuff has been early on in camp. "I’ve got my speed, my slider, my split — everything is there," he said. "I’m getting back to where I was." Sanchez owns an 8.73 ERA and has more walks than strikeouts over the last two seasons. However, if his stuff is indeed back, it wouldn't be a shock to see him turn into a useful bullpen option for the Cubs.
Feb 24 - 11:22 PM

Cubs signed LHP Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league contract.

Sanchez has fallen a long way since throwing a no-hitter in 2009, posting an 11.85 ERA over 13 2/3 innings with the Pirates this past season. He was eventually released by Pittsburgh in early May, later catching on with the Dodgers and pitching in their system. It's a low-risk move for the Cubs, as Sanchez' deal includes incentives that only kick in if he makes it to the majors. The southpaw turned 31 in November.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 11:26:00 PM

According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are targeting Jonathan Sanchez.

Sanchez is 1-12 with an 8.73 ERA, 2.15 WHIP and 60/61 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings since the start of the 2012 season, but the Cubs have nothing to lose and can make him a reclamation project in 2014. The 31-year-old lefty will presumably have to accept a non-guaranteed minor league contract given his recent struggles.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 09:07:00 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez has narrowed his list to three teams and has a few offers on the table.

The 31-year-old reportedly had 7-8 teams show interest in his services. It would still be incredibly surprising to see him wind up with a major league deal, after posting a miserable 1-12 record, 8.73 ERA, 2.15 WHIP and 60/61 K/BB ratio over 78 1/3 innings the past two seasons.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 06:53:00 PM

Jonathan Sanchez has decided not to opt out of his minor league contract with the Dodgers.

Sanchez had a July 1 opt-out date in his agreement with the Dodgers but is going to let it pass by. The 30-year-old left-hander has allowed six runs on 10 hits and five walks in eight innings since joining Triple-A Albuquerque. He is highly unlikely to climb his way to Los Angeles.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 01:30:00 PM

Dodgers signed LHP Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Sanchez can opt out of the deal on July 1 if he is not on Los Angeles' major league roster. The 30-year-old left-hander posted an 11.85 ERA and 2.42 WHIP in 13 2/3 innings earlier this season with the Pirates. He is doubtful to pull off a sudden turnaround.
Wed, May 15, 2013 05:29:00 PM

ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports that the Dodgers are set to sign left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, pending a physical.

The deal is expected to be made official by Wednesday night. Sanchez was released by the Pirates earlier this month after he posted an ugly 11.85 ERA and 15/8 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. He will function as rotation depth for the Dodgers at Triple-A Albuquerque.
Wed, May 15, 2013 03:10:00 PM

ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports that Jonathan Sanchez is "zeroing in" on a deal with the Dodgers.

Gomez says Sanchez "may need a few starts in the minors" before he's called up. With Zack Greinke returning Wednesday and Ted Lilly not far behind, there wouldn't appear to be a spot available in the Dodgers' rotation. He might just be stashed at Triple-A as insurance. The southpaw still needs to serve a six-game suspension for throwing at Cardinals' first baseman Allen Craig last month.
Tue, May 14, 2013 08:03:00 PM

Pirates released LHP Jonathan Sanchez.

Not surprisingly, Sanchez failed to draw any interest after he was designated for assignment early last week. The 30-year-old southpaw has an obscene 8.73 ERA and 60/61 K/BB ratio over 78 1/3 innings at the major league level dating back to the start of 2012.
Wed, May 8, 2013 02:21:00 PM

Pirates designated LHP Jonathan Sanchez for assignment.

We figured it wouldn't be long, as Sanchez owns a miserable 11.85 ERA and 15/8 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this season and was recently suspended six games for throwing at Cardinals' first baseman Allen Craig. It's unlikely he'll draw much interest on waivers.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 03:24:00 PM

The Pirates have moved Jonathan Sanchez to the bullpen.

Sanchez owns a brutal 12.71 through four starts and is fortunate to have a roster spot at this point. The southpaw appealed his six-game suspension for throwing at Cardinals' first baseman Allen Craig during Friday's game, but there should be a decision on his status later this week. Jeanmar Gomez will take his place in the rotation Wednesday against the Brewers, but he's not a recommended option in fantasy leagues.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 05:28:00 PM

Jonathan Sanchez has been suspended six games for hitting Allen Craig with a pitch in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Sanchez appeared to intentionally throw at Craig's head after allowing back-to-back home runs to Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran and a single to Matt Holliday to open the game. Sanchez has a brutal 12.71 ERA in four starts this season. The Pirates may dump him soon.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 03:39:00 PM

Jonathan Sanchez was ejected from Friday's game against the Cardinals he hit Allen Craig with a pitch.

Sanchez started the game by allowing back-to-back home runs to Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran. He then surrendered a single to Matt Holliday before showing his frustration by drilling Craig. The southpaw now owns a horrifying 12.71 ERA on the season and may have pitched himself off the Pirates' roster.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:42:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Chris Valaika
SS1Starlin Castro
2Logan Watkins
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Chris Coghlan
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Felix Doubront
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Brian Schlitter
8Kyuji Fujikawa
9Jacob Turner
10Zach Rosscup