• by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Former Pirates 1B Gaby Sanchez signs to play in Japan

    First baseman Gaby Sanchez signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract to play in Japan for the 2015 season, reports ESPN. Sanchez played for the Pirates in 2014 and hit .229 with seven home runs and 33 RBI. In 2015, he'll play for the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Pirates allow Gaby Sanchez, Chaz Roe to become free agents

    The Pirates have declined to tender contracts to first baseman Gaby Sanchez and right-hander Chaz Roe, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sanchez was designated for an assignment on Monday. He slashed .229/.293/.385 with seven home runs and 33 RBI over 290 at-bats. Roe only pitched two innings for Pittsburgh in 2014.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Pirates designate 1B Gaby Sanchez for assignment

    The Pirates have designated first baseman Gaby Sanchez for an assignment, following a deal Pittsburgh made to acquire second baseman Sean Rodriguez from the Rays, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sanchez appeared in 123 games last season and slashed .229/.293/.385 with seven home runs and 33 RBI over 290 at-bats.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Gaby Sanchez makes the best out of a rare start

    Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez made the best out of a rare start Friday night against the Reds, launching his seventh home run of the season in a 3-1 victory. Sanchez took Mike Leake deep in the fifth inning for a solo home run. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk, run scored and an RBI. He is hitting .233 with seven homers and 33 RBI over 257 at-bats.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Gaby Sanchez homers for first time in three months

    First baseman Gaby Sanchez didn't start Thursday for the Pirates, but he was pretty much their entire offense. Sanchez arrived as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning in Detroit and promptly slugged a two-run homer that provided both of his team's runs. It was his first tater since May 15.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    First base experiment starting for Pedro Alvarez

    The Pirates will experiment with playing Pedro Alvarez at first base for the remainder of the season, manager Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Saturday. Alvarez has been taking grounders at first base, and has agreed to the experiment. He could see time at third base as well, though Gaby Sanchez has also begun taking grounders at third to increase the team's overall versatility. Alvarez has never appeared at first base in his major-league career, but is making the move to first after racking up a career-high 23 throwing errors in just 105 games.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Pirates not ready to change infield alignment

    Despite the continued success of Josh Harrison, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday the team is not considering moving Pedro Alvarez to first base to clear up regular at-bats for Harrison at third base. Huntington added he likes the duo of Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez at first base. "Ike, the power hasn't been maybe what it was in the past, but he gives us quality, professional at-bats and has played solid defense for us there," Huntington said. "If we can get Pedro back on track to 30-something home runs, being a productive major league hitter and playing adequate defense at third, that's a pretty good tandem to have on the corners." Huntington said Harrison will continue to fill a utility role for Pittsburgh. "To play a 162-game season this year, in this environment, it's about depth," Huntington said. "We're working through all different scenarios, but right now what we feel very comfortable with is Josh bouncing around giving everybody rest."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Gaby Sanchez sparks comeback win for Pirates

    Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez had quite the performance off the bench during Monday's 5-3 comeback win against the Mets. Sanchez cut the Pirates' deficit to one when he opened up the eighth inning with a pinch-hit home run off Scott Rice. Sanchez then gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead when he drove in Neil Walker with an RBI single in the ninth inning off Jose Valverde. Sanchez had two runs in the win. Sanchez entered play Monday mired in a 7-for-31 slump in his previous 15 games (six starts) since a four-hit outing May 1 at Baltimore.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    'Sanchez brothers' hit homers for Pirates on Thursday

    Tony Sanchez and Gaby Sanchez are not related - but they were related in a way Thursday. They both hit home runs to give the Pirates a lead in Milwaukee. The former launched his first of the season - a two-run shot in the fifth to make it 2-1. The latter blasted a solo shot to lead off the sixth to break a 2-2 tie.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Gaby Sanchez caps off doubleheader with four-hit game

    Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez put together a solid day Thursday, racking up five hits in a doubleheader against the Orioles. Sanchez did much of his work in the second game of the doubleheader, after going 1 for 4 in the first. He racked up four hits in the second, going 4 for 6 with two doubles and one triple, while scoring one run and driving in one in the 6-5 loss. Sanchez is now hitting .275/.327/.588 as a part-time player, with 51 at-bats in 21 games.