Monday, December 21, 2015

Forgotten Freddy Sanchez Was One That Got Away

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UPDATE: Freddy Sanchez Retires
Freddy Sanchez turns 38 years old today. 'So?', you may ask. Who the heck is he? Well, Sanchez was one of those Red Sox prospects that got away—and had a pretty decent 10-year MLB career. 'Really?', you ask again. Well, for starters, he won the National League batting title in 2006 (hitting .344). He also led the Senior Circuit in doubles that year (53). Not enough? How about making four All-Star teams in that 10-year career? Not enough? How about a .297 career batting average—and pretty darn good defense at second base (.990 career fielding percentage compared to a .983 league average over that span). Who did The Carmine Hose get in return for Sanchez? In a 2003 trade, we got back Brandon Lyon, Anastacio Martinez and Jeff Suppan. Now, Lyon (along with Mike Goss, Casey Fossum and Jorge De La Rosadid turn into Curt Schilling, but still, this was not a good deal.