Reporting to Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday for their first workout of the spring, Giants pitchers and catchers will soon have one more newcomer in their clubhouse.
The Giants have agreed to terms with former All-Star right-hander
Sanchez, 28, missed the 2020 season while recovering from right shoulder surgery, but he drew interest from clubs after reportedly touching 98 mph during his workout sessions in Miami. A former first-round Draft pick of the Blue Jays, Sanchez debuted with Toronto in 2014 and earned an All-Star nod in ‘16, when he led the American League with a 3.00 ERA over 192 innings.
Sanchez dealt with blister and fingernail issues in ‘17 and ‘18 before being dealt to the Astros at the 2019 Trade Deadline. His tenure with Houston was brief, as he appeared in only four games before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder.
Sanchez has a 3.98 career ERA over six Major League seasons and will likely join a Giants rotation that already features Kevin Gausman, Johnny Cueto, Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood. Manager Gabe Kapler had previously identified Logan Webb as the front-runner for the fifth starting spot, but the 24-year-old right-hander has options and could open the season at Triple-A Sacramento if he’s left out of the Opening Day rotation.
San Francisco added another potential fifth starter candidate, right-hander Nick Tropeano, on a Minor League deal on Tuesday. Tropeano, 30, served primarily as a starter for the Astros and Angels from 2014-19, logging a 4.38 ERA out of the rotation, but he found greater success after shifting to relief last year with the Pirates. Tropeano posted a 1.15 ERA over seven appearances in 2020, racking up 19 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings.
The Giants will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to add Sanchez, but they’ll be able to create a vacancy by shifting outfield prospect Alexander Canario, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, to the 60-day injured list.
Right-handed reliever John Brebbia has already been moved to the 60-day IL to free up a spot for left-hander Jake McGee, whose two-year, $7 million deal became official on Wednesday. McGee’s contract, the first multiyear deal given to a pitcher under Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, includes a third-year club option for the 2023 season.