Houston Astros trade for Aaron Sanchez
The Houston Astros made the biggest splash of the trade deadline by acquiring Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, and following their trade for Greinke, they also landed right-hander Aaron Sanchez in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Sanchez is not exactly having his finest hour this season, as he has gone 3-14 with a 6.07 ERA, allowing 131 hits and striking out 99 batters over 112.2 innings of work. He also owns an incredibly ugly 1.686 WHIP.
The 27-year-old was originally selected by the Blue Jays in the first round (34th pick overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft.
He went on to make his big-league debut in 2014, appearing in 24 games out of Toronto’s bullpen and going 2-2 with a 1.09 ERA. Sanchez then began transition to starting in 2015, making 41 appearances and 11 starts and going 7-6 with a 3.22 ERA.
Then, in 2016, Sanchez had the best year of his career, posting an AL-best 3.00 ERA while giving up 161 hits and registering 161 punch-outs across 192 frames of action en route to an All-Star appearance.
Since then, however, it has been rough sailing for Sanchez.
Injuries limited him to just eight starts in 2017, and last year, he went just 4-6 with a 4.89 ERA, permitting 106 hits while totaling 86 strikeouts through 105 innings. He also posted an unsightly 1.562 WHIP.
The Astros are known for getting the most out of their pitchers (just ask Justin Verlander), so this could end up being the best thing that could have happened to Sanchez.
Houston currently owns the best record in the American League at 69-39.