In today's Post-Gazette: What can the Pirates' interest in Jonathan Sanchez tell us?
The Pirates may see in Sanchez what they saw in Francisco Liriano: A lefty with the ability to strike batters out if he can control his walk rate to some degree. Sanchez has pitched well in the past, but he has always struggled with control, and injuries cut short his 2012 season.
Assuming Liriano's deal becomes official and also that he misses the start of the season, Sanchez adds to the options the Pirates have. He is a low-risk addition as a minor league free agent. That doesn't mean he represents a good option. Ideally, the Pirates want Jeff Locke or Kyle McPherson to fill the final spot until Liriano is ready, or until Charlie Morton is ready to return. They would take a large risk relying on Sanchez.
New revelations continue to unfold regarding the allegations of steroid distribution from the south Florida clinic. Now, as Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown and Jeff Passan write, Ryan Braun's name is in play.
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