The Orioles front office has been busy so far in the new off-season, adding another player today. Yolmer Sánchez, formerly known as Carlos Sánchez, has been claimed off waivers after being let go by the Chicago White Sox.
Making his MLB debut in 2014, Sánchez has spent seven seasons in Chicago. His best coming in 2018, when he hit 34 doubles, 10 triples, and eight home runs for a .242 average and .678 OPS in 600 at-bats.
At 29 years old come next season, it’s no question this signing is one to improve depth. A lot like Pat Valaika, this seems to be a utility pickup who might end up at a bigger role at second, pending what happens with Hanser Alberto this off-season.
A career .245 hitter, Sánchez could actually be a difference maker in 2021. With a growing core of players, a veteran player with a good infield glove amidst the Orioles lineup will bring some consistency.
Will Sánchez blow any fans away? No. This is another case of Mike Elias understanding what pieces he needs out of players and finding someone out of the lost and found who can potentially bring those pieces to Baltimore.
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