The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed southpaw Jonathan Sanchez, who has a Major League no-hitter on his resume, to a minor league deal, and will include Sanchez on their list of spring training invitees who are expected to report to camp in Bradenton, Florida by Monday.
The 30 year-old Sanchez made 15 starts for Kansas City and Colorado in 2012, and posted a dreadful 1-9 record with an 8.07 E.R.A, with 53 walks to go with only 45 strikeouts.
But, in 2009, Sanchez threw an 11-strikeout no-hitter for San Francisco against the San Diego Padres, and followed that gem by going 13-9 for the Giants in 2010 with a 3.07 ERA and 205 strikeouts.
After numerous injuries problems in 2011, Sanchez found himself traded by the Giants to Kansas City for Melky Carbrera. After 12 starts with the Royals in 2012, he was dealt to Colorado for Jeremy Guthrie. Sanchez made just three starts for the Rockies.