Sanchez signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Saturday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. The 28-year-old appeared to be in line for the starting job at second base for the Orioles throughout spring training, but he was designated for assignment and released early this week. Sanchez had a .252/.318/.321 slash line in 555 plate appearances while winning the Gold Glove at second base for the White Sox during 2019, but he was unable to maintain a roster spot last season and appeared in only 12 games.
Sanchez cleared waivers Tuesday and became a free agent, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. Sanchez looked like the favorite to break camp as the Orioles' second baseman, but he posted a .451 OPS this spring and ultimately failed to win even a bench spot. Ramon Urias and Pat Valaika will compete for that job, while Sanchez will have to look for work with a different team. Sanchez is a strong defender with a Gold Glove on his resume, but he's also a career .245/.300/.360 hitter.
Sanchez was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Saturday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. The 28-year-old was claimed off waivers from the White Sox early in the offseason and appeared slated to open the season as the starter at second base, but the Orioles opted to remove him from the 40-man roster with camp winding down. Sanchez could remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed on waivers. Ramon Urias and Pat Valaika should be in the mix to start at second base for Baltimore.
Sanchez signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Sanchez was claimed by Baltimore in late October, and he'll now receive a guaranteed salary heading into 2021 rather than going through arbitration. The 28-year-old appeared in just 12 games last season, but he's slashed .254/.323/.332 with three home runs and 44 RBI over 161 games across the past two years. Sanchez offers above-average defense and should contend for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Sanchez was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. The 28-year-old was apparently waived by the White Sox this week and will now be joining a new team. Sanchez began the season with the Giants but ended up with Chicago in August and went 5-for-16 with four extra-base hits in 12 games. Sanchez's reliable defense should give him a chance a making Baltimore's Opening Day roster next year.