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Sports Astros non-tender Aaron Sanchez

10:30  03 december  2019
10:30  03 december  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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HOUSTON -- Aaron Sanchez , who threw the first six innings of a combined no-hitter in his Astros debut in August and wound up making only three more starts because of injury, was the only arbitration-eligible player non - tendered by the club Monday. Sanchez becomes a free agent.

Astros officially announced they non - tendered Aaron Sanchez . He's a free agent. — Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) December 3, 2019. Sanchez was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Houston Astros on July 31. The Astros placed the right-handed pitcher on the 10-day injured list

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The Houston Astros non-tendered right-hander Aaron Sanchez, it was announced Monday.

Houston acquired Sanchez from the Toronto Blue Jays at the July 31 trade deadline along with two other players in exchange for outfielder Derek Fisher. In his first start for Houston, Sanchez threw the first six innings of a four-pitcher combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. However, the 27-year-old made just three more starts after that before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

In October, Sanchez told the Toronto Sun's Rob Longley he would not be ready to resume throwing in time for spring training. It's now expected he'll miss at least the start of the 2020 season, Feinsand reports.

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The Astros make a shocking but expected move-in non - tendering Aaron Sanchez before the deadline to do so on Monday night. This gives the team more money to go after this type of player, you need to listen to Eric and Brandon on Talking Stros.

The Astros could choose to non - tender Sanchez if he indeed will miss most-to-all of the 2020 season, which will be Sanchez ’s final season before Aaron Sanchez was scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery last Friday, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said during his team’s pregame radio show today (hat tip

Sanchez, a former top prospect, first broke out as a critical piece of the Blue Jays' bullpen during their run to the ALCS in 2015. He returned to the rotation the following year and earned an All-Star berth while winning the AL ERA title as part of another playoff team in Toronto.

Injuries have since stopped Sanchez's progress. Various ailments, including blister and hand issues, limited him to just eight starts in 2017 and 20 in 2018. Meanwhile, Sanchez has failed to post an ERA below 4.25 in three years.

This past season, he posted a 5.89 ERA, 5.25 FIP, and 1.62 WHIP with 115 strikeouts and 68 walks over 27 total starts with Houston and Toronto.

Prior to him being non-tendered, MLB Trade Rumors had projected Sanchez's 2020 salary at $5.6 million. This is his final season of arbitration eligibility.

Sanchez was the lone player non-tendered by the Astros ahead of Monday's 8 p.m. ET deadline. Eight other arbitration-eligible players on the team were tendered contracts, while reliever Joe Biagini avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal.

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