The Dodgers starting rotation is either clearing up or getting a lot more crowded. The Dodgers are looking to add former Pirates, Rockies, Royals, and more notoriously San Francisco Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez.
As reported by ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, the Dodgers are “zeroing in” on Sanchez.
LHP Jonathan Sanchez looks like he’s zeroing in on a deal with the Dodgers. May need a few starts in minors before call up.
— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) May 14, 2013
Sanchez may be “zeroing in” on the Dodgers, but the Dodgers would be wise to side step him. They’d be desperate to take him. Dodgers fans begrudgingly remember Jonathan Sanchez being the 4th starter on the Giants World Series team 3 seasons ago. Sanchez was a home grown pitcher for the Giants, just like Lincecum, Cain, and Bumgardner. Since leaving the Giants, Sanchez has dropped off into obscurity. In 15 starts between Kansas City and Colorado last year he only had 1 win, and had an ERA well over 7. He has lost all 5 of his outings earlier this year with an astronomic 11.85 ERA.
He has shown no signs of the pitcher he was a few years ago. And with Zack Greinke scheduled to return Wednesday and Ted Lilly almost ready to return form the DL, the Dodgers would be signing Sanchez just in case.
Maybe the best reason to avoid signing Jonathan Sanchez is the Dodger’s recent track record signing former Giants. Juan Uribe would be a long enough list on his own. He had a phenomenal post season to help the Giants to that same World Series Sanchez did. Uribe has had an equally disastrous few years since leaving San Francisco, but it’s been in Dodger blue. Cy Young winner Jason Schmidt didn’t work out very well in LA either.
If the Dodger’s didn’t have money, and they didn’t enjoy giving it away so much this would be a terrible signing. Instead it’s only a questionable deal.