Sanchez will throw a four-inning bullpen session Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Sanchez has been working out for about three weeks, and he is aiming to stretch out to 100 pitches before he signs with a team. Given the number of injuries around the league, there's a chance Sanchez finds a major-league deal despite his 6.62 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 11 starts last season.
Sanchez (finger) plans to pitch in a showcase for a select teams Friday in Miami, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. With several MLB teams already feeling the effect of injuries to starting pitchers early on this season, Sanchez should have some appeal as a battle-tested veteran who's capable of eating some innings at the back end of a rotation. Sanchez was previously unable to complete a workout in front of teams earlier this month when he developed a cut on his finger, but the fact that he's scheduled a new showcase event suggests he's comfortable with his health.
Sanchez suffered a cut middle finger during his showcase Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Sanchez was only able to throw 13 pitches in front of prospective teams Saturday before he sustained his injury. He'll be sidelined for approximately 7-to-10 days before he's able to resume throwing. Sanchez reportedly looked good during his throwing session, but it's not yet clear whether he'll land a contract, especially after he suffered a setback.
Sanchez will hold a workout for teams Saturday, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports. The veteran right-hander struggled last year but posted a solid 3.85 ERA for the Nats in 2019, and Sanchez could draw interest from teams in need of rotation depth. He's been a free agent since November and would need time to get back in game shape and stretched out, however, so he's unlikely to provide immediate help.
Sanchez became a free agent Wednesday after the Diamondbacks declined his $12 million team option, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Sanchez will receive a $2 million buyout as he prepares for free agency. The 36-year-old finished the 2020 season with a 4-5 record as he recorded a career-worst 6.62 ERA along with a 1.66 WHIP over 53 innings. Although his numbers declined during his two seasons in Washington, he could certainly find another role in a starting rotation in 2021.
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