The Minnesota Twins are taking a chance on a veteran pitcher who was once an All-Star with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Late yesterday afternoon, the Twins inked right-hander Aaron Sanchez to a minor league deal.
Sanchez will report to the Twins Triple-A affiliate, the St. Paul Saints.
The right-hander and former first-round draft pick in 2010 made seven starts earlier this season for the Washington Nationals.
Sanchez went 3-3 with an 8.33 ERA.
For his career, Sanchez is 38-37 with a 4.14 ERA.
Twins insider Dustin Morse reported the news of Sanchez joining the team, tweeting about the recent transaction made by the American League Central division leaders.
The @Twins have signed RHP Aaron Sanchez to a minor league contract.
— Dustin Morse (@morsecode) June 6, 2022
Sanchez Gets Another Shot
Clearly, the start of the 2022 season was not a good one for the former All-Star.
But he put up mostly good numbers while with the Blue Jays.
If he can find that form again, the Twins could have a viable option in their starting rotation going forward.
His best season as a starter was 2016, where he went 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts.
He had a 3.96 ERA over six seasons with the Blue Jays.
The Twins lead the AL Central by 4.5 games over the second-place Cleveland Guardians.
If Sanchez can regain his form and show what he’s capable of, then the Twins’ rotation could become that much stronger.
He could also be used as a potential bullpen piece.
He was a solid reliever in his rookie season in 2014.
That year, he went 2-2 with a 1.09 ERA over 24 appearances.
If he gets back on track, there are a number of different ways that the Twins might be able to use him.