2. Aaron Sanchez
We actually already had an article go up about why Aaron Sanchez would be a great low-risk signing for the Los Angeles Angels prior to the Canning news, so it was only fitting that he would be included in this free-agent piece.
Like Salazar, Sanchez is a former all-star that has also dealt with some injuries in recent years, which has hindered his production. Yet still, Sanchez has somehow become the MLB’s forgotten young arm, as while he may not be as good as he once was, he is still young and has a lot of potential.
Heck, Sanchez led the entire American League in ERA in 2016. Sure, 2016 is a long time ago, but he has the stuff to be successful and least be a constant contributor in a big-league rotation.
He missed time in 2017 and 2018 because of various injuries and had a much larger sample size in 2019. Sanchez started 27 games for the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros, and while his season ERA was 5.89, he showed more promising signs.
Granted, it is a very small sample size, but Sanchez was pretty good in his short time in Houston. His first two starts in Houston he threw a combined 11 innings, allowing one run on three hits with 11 strikeouts.
His next two starts were not so great, which are worth mentioning, but Sanchez showed that he has good starts in him and that he could at least be an innings eater that throws 5-6 innings, allowing 3-4 runs constantly.