Cubs ink Sanchez, Dec. 18 Recap

The Cubs signed former San Francisco Giant starter Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal as the left-hander tries to get his career back on track. Also a recap of the Winter League action.

Cubs sign pitcher Jonathan Sanchez

The Cubs singed another pitcher, inking left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal, which includes incentives if he makes the major league roster.

Sanchez, 31, pitched for six season for San Francisco (2006-11) going 38-46 in 118 starts with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.388 WHIP. He tossed a no-hitter in 2009 and led NL pitchers in 2010 allowing only 6.6 H/9. He also led baseball with 96 walks in 193.1 innings.

The Giants traded Sanchez to the Royals for Melky Cabrera in Nov. of 2011 and Sanchez made 12 starts for Kansas City (1-6 7.76 ERA, 7.4 BB/9) before he was shipped to Colorado in July, and made three more starts without any success. He signed with the Pirates this spring and after five games (0-3 11.85 ERA) was released and spent the rest of the season in AAA Albuquerque after the Dodgers picked him up off waivers (7-3 5.13, 14 G, 66.2 IP, 42 BB, 79 K).

Sanchez's best pitch is his four-seam fastball which sits about 90 mph and he also throws a curve, sinker and splitter. Its a low-risk signing for the Cubs and another left-handed arm in the bullpen, and at the very least, minor league depth from the left-handed side in case of injuries or trades. Sanchez's problems in recent years are his ability to throw strikes. Will be interesting to see if Cubs' coaching staff can correct the problems.

Venezuelan Winter League

RHP Eduardo Figueroa tossed a scoreless inning, his first appearance since October, as La Guaria fell to Caribes 9-2.

Dominican Winter League

Frank Batista (1-0 0.00 ERA) earned his first win in the DWL, tossing 1.2 inning of relief in Aguilas' 7-4 win over Licey. The right-hander fanned one and retired all five hitters he faced.

Mexican Pacific Winter League

SS Walter Ibarra went 0-4 with three strikeouts in Mazatlan's 3-0 loss to Obregon. RF Darnell McDonald was 0-3 for Obregon.

Puerto Rican Winter League

3B Jonathan Mota smacked his first homer of the season, a two-run shot, but it wasn't enough as Ponce fell to Carolina 5-4. Mota finished 1-3 with a walk while Greg Rohan and Rubi Silva both went 1-4 with Silva scoring a run.

Australian Baseball League

RHP Ryan Searle tossed a scoreless inning in the All-Star game for Team Australia, who fell to the World Team 6-0. Searle need only four pitches, all strikes to complete his inning.

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