The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Florida Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez in exchange for Gorky’s Hernandez, and a competitive-balance pick, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported. The Pirates will also receive minor league reliever Kyle Kaminska, the team’s 25th round pick in 2007 and has spent most of this season in double-A.
Sanchez, 28, hit .202 with 3 home runs and 17 RBIs in 55 games with the Marlins and was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans on July 4, after the Marlins acquired Carlos Lee.
It is a buy-low move for the Pirates as the struggling Sanchez had back-to-back 19 home run seasons in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Sanchez hit .273 with 19 home runs and 85 RBIs and had similar numbers in 2011 when he hit 19 homers with 78 RBIs, while batting .266. He was the Marlins All-Star representative in 2011, after hitting .293 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs prior to the 2011 All-Star break. Sanchez though has never took that next jump and regressed this season with a .202 batting average and .556 OPS.
Sanchez has career numbers (1,356 at-bats) of .259 (BA) 42 (HR) 183 (RBI) .332 (OBP)
Sanchez is making just $483,000 this season.