Opt Out Day for Jonathan Sanchez

Sanchez wasn't much of a hitter with Pittsburgh. He's not much of a pitcher, either, but here he is specifically not being a hitter. (via)

Sanchez wasn’t much of a hitter with Pittsburgh. He’s not much of a pitcher, either, but here he is specifically not being a hitter. (via)

Updated: as noted by Bill Shaikin, Sanchez won’t be added to the team today, as we expected. He can still opt out of the organization if he chooses. Original post remains.

The Dodgers are red-hot, closer to first place than Washington or Cincinnati or Tampa Bay — despite still being in last place, because NL West — and so having an off-day today seems like more of an annoyance than the usual welcome respite it’s been for most of the season.

With the team running on all cylinders right now, you wouldn’t think we’d be spending part of an off-day talking about a mediocre Triple-A pitcher who is working on his fifth organization in the last three years, but contractual obligations continue no matter how the team is performing on the field.

Today being July 1, pitcher Jonathan Sanchez has the right to opt out if he isn’t added to the big league roster (update: which he won’t be.)  Sanchez signed with the Dodgers back on May 15 after being cut loose by Pittsburgh, but spent so much time in extended spring training that he has only made two starts for Albuquerque, one last Monday and one yesterday. He lasted just three innings in his debut, allowing six earned runs against Round Rock, but was better yesterday, tossing five scoreless innings (with four walks) in Memphis. His velocity, reportedly, has been good, though his control has been lacking.

If he’s not added to the team, Sanchez can choose to walk away as a free agent or negotiate a new opt-out date for later in the season. My guess is that Sanchez is not getting recalled today, not when Stephen Fife has been so effective and there’s no basis to think that Sanchez is better than Chris Capuano, even including Capuano’s disaster against the Philles.

I also don’t imagine that Ned Colletti bothered replacing Matt Guerrier & Peter Moylan with young players over the weekend just to send Jose Dominguez or Chris Withrow right back down for Sanchez, but we do all know how Colletti likes to keep as many players as possible under his control. I suppose it’s possible they’ll invent some reason to disable Brandon League, though even that seems less than likely. Frankly, let’s all hope this situation passes with no news whatsoever, but I suppose it’s worth monitoring.

40 comments
BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

With our pen suddenly looking interesting, if not yet proven, and with Fife looking so good at this point, does it REALLY make sense to trade for Nolasco?  I suppose we could always use either Fife or Cap as long man in the pen, but I'd almost rather wait until the deadline to see if more interesting options (i.e. Lee) are available for the rotation.  Acting early doesn't make a lot of sense to me when the early target isn't notably better than the other potentially available starters.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Any reason as to how the teams TWTW increased so fast? Why was it so low for the first 11 weeks of the year?

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

I'm all for inventing some reason to DL League, but it's nothing to do with Sanchez. 

Lobo
Lobo

*No news other than the news that Sanchez has opted out

Lobo
Lobo

@Purple Drank Probably because this was the first week of consistent lineups with Hanley, Puig, Adrian, and Kemp in them.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@Purple Drank Having the teams two best position players either in AA or on the DL probably had something to do with it. More likely they switched to not drinking Purple Drank before games

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Aren't we carrying 13 pitchers right now? Having trouble getting to the depth chart on my phone.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

That was fast.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Catfishin  @BlueMarvin But it also means that we're locked in with less room to put somebody should a better pitcher become available as we approach the deadline.  And as for the extra starts, we'd get at best a few more Nolasco over Capuano starts.  And while after the other day I know it's a bad time to argue this, I'm not sure that we'd get a huge difference there in terms of results.  MAYBE... but seems like a roll of the dice instead of a definite upgrade.  I guess I'm really just nervous that Flanders will give up too much for a mediocre starter that we'll all be complaining about in a few months and wishing we could unload.

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim Dodgers clearly read this post and were like "Yeah, let's make this Petriello guy's post immediately irrelevant"

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Yeah, you're right. Got the Cruz/SVS and Moylan/Withrow moves jumbled in my head.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Never used it, here.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@DBrim Shaikin had that note buried at the bottom of a post last night, and while I like Feedly, I find I'm missing some of those small things now.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Kicking it while it's down?