Sanchez, Giants agree on one-year contract
Deal nearly quintuples left-hander's 2009 base salary
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have avoided salary arbitration with Jonathan Sanchez by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the left-hander on Tuesday.The settlement, initially reported by SI.com, includes performance bonuses and nearly quintuples Sanchez's 2009 base salary, $455,000.
Sanchez, 27, finished the 2009 season at 8-12 with a 4.24 ERA in 32 appearances. After a brief stint in the bullpen to refine his mechanics and recharge his confidence, he emerged to pitch San Francisco's first no-hitter in 33 years, an 8-0 decision over San Diego on July 10.A member of Puerto Rico's World Baseball Classic squad last year, Sanchez finished fourth in the National League with 9.75 strikeouts per nine innings and a .221 opponents' batting average. He began the 2009 season as the Giants' No. 5 starter but moved up a notch after Randy Johnson tore his rotator cuff in early July. Beginning with the no-hitter, Sanchez went 6-4 with a 3.46 ERA in his last 16 starts. The Giants are expected to exchange salary figures later Tuesday with their two most pricey arbitration-eligible performers: ace Tim Lincecum and closer Brian Wilson. The club avoided arbitration with right-hander Brandon Medders by signing him to a one-year, $820,000 contract last week.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.