The Orioles made an interesting addition on Friday, claiming 2019 Gold Glove-winning second baseman Yolmer Sanchez on waivers from the Chicago White Sox.
Even though he won the Gold Glove, Sanchez wasn’t offered a contract by the White Sox last December and signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants in January.
Sanchez, 28, injured his back and didn’t make the Giants’ Opening Day roster. When he was ready to play, San Francisco didn’t have a spot for him. He was released on August 21st and signed by the White Sox on August 28th.
He hit .333 with a home run in 11 games with Chicago. Sanchez was a pinch-runner in Game 2 of Chicago’s wild-card series with Oakland.
In seven seasons, all with Chicago, Sanchez hit .245. His best season was 2017 when he hit .267 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs. Sanchez tied for the American League lead in triples with 10 in 2018.
Sanchez played third base for the White Sox in 2018 before moving back to second in 2019. It’s worth noting that Orioles second baseman Hanser Alberto is eligible for arbitration in a tight baseball economy.
The addition of Sanchez gives the Orioles 33 players on their 40-man roster.
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