Giants re-sign second baseman Sanchez
That’s why the three-time All-Star infielder was quick to sign a $12 million, two-year contract extension with the
“I’m glad I got it done early enough in the offseason so now my focus is on getting stronger and getting better,” Sanchez said. “I feel like I have a lot of unfinished business on the field. A lot was riding on me going out there and playing every day … and it hurt not being out there.”
Sanchez hit .293 with seven home runs and 41 RBIs in 111 games for the two teams this season but played in just 25 games with San Francisco due to a nagging shoulder strain that landed him on the disabled list. He also had surgery earlier this month to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
“One of our goals and priorities this season is to get a more consistent lineup out there on a daily basis, and Freddy does that,” manager Bruce Bochy said during a conference call. “His history is that he plays every day. To have him at the top of your order pretty much every day is going to do a lot for this lineup.”
Sanchez is expected to bat second for the
Wherever he bats, Sanchez understands the importance of getting his offense back on track. He hit just one home run after being traded to the
“I know I didn’t do what I wanted to do when I came here,” Sanchez said. “After my knee and shoulder acted up, I didn’t drive the ball like I expect myself to but I’m not going to pin it on injuries. I know it’s going to come back next year when the season gets going.”
Signing Sanchez was the first player move made this offseason by the
Sabean said the
Sabean didn’t comment on Molina but believes Uribe will listen to offers from other teams.
“I get the sense that he’s probably going to test the market first,” Sabean said.