Archive for February 5th, 2008

Sanchez Back In Pittsburgh (Updated)

February 5, 2008

If the Thunder have plans to hold another week of Freddy Sanchez themed giveaways, it looks like you might see the Pirates logo attached to some of those items.

From the “things Yankee fans won’t care about department,” Sanchez has agreed to a two year, $11 million deal with the Pirates, re-signing with the club he’s played for since 2004.  He’s made the National League All-Star team the past two seasons, and was the 2006 batting champion with a .344 average.

Back when Trenton was a Red Sox affiliate, Sanchez played the second half of the 2001 season and the first half of 2002 in a Thunder uniform, hitting .326 and .328, respectively.

UPDATE: The AP first reported this was a two year deal, but ESPN reports it’s a three year deal…

UPDATED AGAIN…NO, SERIOUSLY: MLB.com lists Sanchez as having inked a two year deal.  Either way, the guy’s going to be playing in Pittsburgh next year.  Got it?  Good.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Julianel Signs With Twins

February 5, 2008

Ben Julianel, who made 52 appearances in a Thunder uniform during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins.

Acquired by the Yankees along with Justin Pope in the Sterling Hitchcock deal, the 28-year-old southpaw has spent the past two seasons in the Florida Marlins organization.  He struggled mightily in his first taste of Triple-A last season, going 2-2 with a 6.23 ERA in 27 games.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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