The Chicago Cubs continue to look for ways to bolster their bullpen.
According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are interested in signing former Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez, who has a history of being a starting pitcher throughout his career, would be utilized as a relief pitcher if the Cubs were to sign the 31-year old pitcher.
Since throwing a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants in 2009, Sanchez has struggled to capture any form of success in the Major Leagues. Sanchez won 13 games with the Giants in 2010, but in the years following, the starting pitcher has been plagued with control issues that have limited the pitcher.
Sanchez started the season with the Pirates in 2013. In five appearances with Pirates (4 starts), Sanchez posted an ERA of 11.85 to go along with a K/9 of 9.88 and a BB/9 of 5.27. Sanchez was released by the Pirates and signed a minor league contract with Los Angeles Dodgers. Sanchez made 14 starts with the Dodgers triple-A affiliate, in those 14 starts, Sanchez posted an ERA of 5.13 to go along with K/9 of 10.67 and a BB/9 of 5.67.
Sanchez is receiving interest from several teams and that interest is believed to be as a starting pitcher. Meaning Sanchez may be inclined to sign with a team that wants to employ him as a starting pitcher.
Nonetheless if pitching coach Chris Bosio sees something in Sanchez he can fix, then the left-handed pitcher may very well be an improvement for the Cubs bullpen.