Alex Sanabia
Alex Sanabia
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
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Free Agent
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in May of 2016.
PChicago Cubs  
May 9, 2016
Sanabia signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on Monday, Phil Rodgers of MLB.com reports.
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Sanabia's last appearance in the majors came in 2013 when he made 10 starts for the Marlins over 55.3 innings. He's spent his time in the minors since then, and will likely join Triple-A Iowa.
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Sanabia was claimed off waivers by the Diamondbacks in October after he threw just over 55 innings, allowing 30 earned runs for the Marlins last season. His big issues were his walk rate (4.1 BB/9) and home run rate (1.6 HR/9). As small a sample size as that is, he's had serious problems with the long ball throughout his career. While his best chance of sticking in the big leagues would likely be a permanent shift to a bullpen role, but the D-Backs may opt to keep him stretched out as a starter, at least through spring training.
Sanabia has failed to display much improvement over the last two seasons after holding his own over 12 starts in 2010, struggling with both elbow issues and inconsistency at the minor league level. Over 17 starts at Triple-A in 2012, he posted a passable 4.06 ERA and 1.32 WHIP while cutting down his home-run rate (1.1 HR/9) and limiting the free passes (2.5 BB/9). Sanabia’s stellar changeup plays well off of his low-90s sinker, but the lack of a third pitch has hurt him throughout his professional career. With a couple of rotation spots up for grabs in Miami, it’s expected that Sanabia will get a long look this spring, but he remains little more than a back-end prospect and will more likely settle into a long-relief role unless he’s able to add another solid weapon to his arsenal.
Elbow trouble kept Sanabia from taking advantage of the Marlins' rotation vacancies last year, and his numbers during a brief stay in Triple-A were downright ugly, but the club still thinks he has a future. The best, and maybe only, thing going for him on the mound is still his ridiculously good change-up, but at some point he'll need to add something else to his arsenal if he wants to be anything more than a swingman. A healthy 2012 would be a good start, as would developing the ability to get more outs on the ground – or at least cut down his home-run rate.
Sanabia seemingly came out of nowhere last year, and the former 32nd-round pick rode great control and a truly exceptional changeup all the way to the major league rotation where he held his own as a 21-year-old. Given his age and frame (he's 6-foot-2 and might just weigh 170 soaking wet) there's plenty of room for growth in his profile, though in the short term he's a marginal fantasy pick due to his need to sharpen his show-me slider and develop better stamina. Down the road though, it looks like the Marlins have stumbled upon a gem.
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PLos Angeles Angels  
November 18, 2014
Sanabia signed a minor league contract with the Angels on Tuesday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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PMiami Marlins  
May 9, 2014
Sanabia agreed to a minor league deal with the Marlins on Friday, SB Nation reports.
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PArizona Diamondbacks  
March 10, 2014
Sanabia will open the season at Triple-A Reno.
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PArizona Diamondbacks  
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October 4, 2013
Sanabia was claimed off waivers by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
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PMiami Marlins  
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July 23, 2013
Sanabia (groin) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.
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