Less than a month of being signed by the Twins for a one-year-long deal and $2.5 million, the Minnesota team have just released Venezuelan pitcher Anibal Sánchez this Sunday morning, according to several reports.
Mike Bernadino of Twin Cities Pioneer Press states that the Twins will give Sánchez $403 K as a termination pay, as he signed a non-guaranteed deal earlier this year.
This winter, the Twins landed P Lance Lynn, 1B-DH Logan Morrison, reliever Addison Reed, closer Fernando Rodney, reliever Zach Duke, P Michael Pineda, P Anibal Sanchez, OF Chris Heisey for a total of $55 million -- roughly 38% of what the Padres paid Eric Hosmer.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) 11 de marzo de 2018
Regarding the releasing of the 34-year-old pitcher, Twins' general manager, Thad Levine, said to the media:
We wanted to give him every opportunity to sign with another big-league team and compete for their rotation. I don’t think we’re over-evaluating or under-evaluating performances at this juncture. It had everything to do with what we represented. The opportunity was not there for him anymore
Twins are releasing Anibal Sanchez— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) 11 de marzo de 2018
Minnesota just signed pitcher Lance Lynn this Saturday for one year and $12 million, as this move appears to be for clearing up space for the right-handed pitcher. Previously, the Twins also acquired Jake Odorizzi via trade from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Twins are releasing RHP Anibal Sanchez, who was scheduled to start today, to make room for Lance Lynn. Aaron Slegers will start vs. Rays instead.— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) 11 de marzo de 2018