Hot Stove Report: Jonathan Sanchez Gets Sent to Kansas City for Melky Cabrera

J PContributor INovember 7, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 10:  Jonathan Sanchez #57 of the San Francisco Giants looks on after giving up three runs in the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park on August 10, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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On Monday, the hot stove just got a bit juicier. The San Francisco Giants sent lefty Jonathan Sanchez and minor league pitcher Ryan Verdugo to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Melky Cabrera.

Melky Cabrera had one of the most successful seasons of his career, hitting a season-high in average for his career (.305), 201 hits, 102 runs, 87 RBIs, 18 homers and an additional 20 stolen bases to his best season in his career. Today, Brian Sabean, has told the Associated Press, that the reason of their high impressions on Melky Cabrera is that he's breaking out at 27 and has played for several years already, and this breakout leads him on a path to a successful career ahead of him. 

Known for his powerful arm, his 13 outfield assists tied for the sixth-highest in the majors. Cabrera played center field in Kauffman Stadium, and is known as one of the most successful players defensively in the major leagues. Cabrera will bring a strong offensive force we'll need at AT&T Park. The Giants are both excited and joyful of the new force to the team.

After coming off a career-year in 2010, powerful lefty Jonathan Sanchez will soon be in a Royals uniform. Jonathan Sanchez had some deep troubles this year, as he barely was able to pitch over 100 innings and was deeply bothered by injuries throughout the season. His control was plagued by the injuries, and he is hoping to recover in time for a successful 2012 season at Kauffman Stadium.

Jonathan Sanchez had his moments, including a shutout, which led the Giants to the playoffs in 2010, and to soon perform and succeed through the playoffs, which led to championship rings. Sanchez had dominated and struck out 11 batters in the NLDS, which led to a 3-2 win. However, his success didn't completely continue, as he gave up three runs throughout six innings in the second game of the NLCS and only lasted two innings in Game 6 of the series. Sanchez soon pitched in Game 3 of the World Series, which ultimately led to a loss.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 26: Melky Cabrera #53 of the Kansas City Royals runs after hitting an infield single against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning on September 26, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Gett
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Sanchez started off the season second in the rotation, with expectations to have a another year with a near three earned run average. Instead, he posted a 4.26 ERA, much worse than his expectations. He didn't get run support with the plagued offensive forces of the Giants finishing off the season with a poor 4-7 record on the 2011 season. His WHIP was high at 1.44, also his strikeout/walk ration was extremely poor, as he had 102 strikeouts compared to 66 walks on the season.

After a frustrating season on the Giants, he is hoping to continue where he left off the 2010 season, with the Royals. The Royals think of him as a solid No. 3 starter, who was on a champion team, which was based on their powerful rotation. In addition, the Royals also added Ryan Verdugo, another force to their already amazing farm system.

Now I am going to discuss a brief conclusion of this trade and the affections which have been created from this deal.

This trade has been a definite advantage for both teams, as the Giants received a force in their lineup, which is very needed, and the Royals added a powerful lefty to their poor rotation. They have also compared in a burst of successful seasons. Sanchez had a breakout season in 2010, which was unexpected and out of the ordinary. Cabrera also had a breakout season last year, as both teams are taking a risk on this deal, which helps both teams in opposite ways.

The Royals ace, Luke Hochevar, has had a terrible and dreadful year. Even with the recent struggles of Jonathan Sanchez, Sanchez is still likely to be in the front of the rotation. Almost all forces in the rotations have been dreadful for the Royals. The only strong force was arguably Bruce Chen, who had trouble getting past batters as he posted less than 100 strikeouts in the season.

The Giants can now subsidize Cody Ross from the lineup, who had a dreadful average at .240. Melky Cabrera is a powerful lefty who is a force all around and can almost satisfy all the Giants' needs through their offensive forces and their defensive forces. Cabrera is a great addition to the outfield of the Giants.

Overall this deal has helped both teams in separate ways. There was no specified loser in this deal considering each side got their needs done, and a solid player in return.