Giants re-sign Freddy Sanchez

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants have re-signed second baseman Freddy Sanchez to a two-year, $12 million deal.

This is a good deal for the Giants. Considering he’s turning 32 this winter, it’s safe to say that Sanchez’s best days are behind him. But he hits for average, is a decent defender and he’s one of the few San Francisco batters that understands the importance of taking pitches.

The Giants gave up their No. 2 pitching prospect in Tim Alderson to get Sanchez last year at the trade deadline, but the second baseman struggled with injuries and San Francisco missed the playoffs. If Sanchez can stay healthy and produce then the trade won’t be for naught, although Alderson could eventually develop into a solid starter for the Pirates.

It’ll be interesting to watch what Brian Sabean and the Giants do this winter, because they have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball but their offense is putrid outside of Pablo Sandoval. If they can add another bat, the Giants could definitely challenge for the NL Wild Card spot next season.

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