Nearly four years after authoring a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants, Jonathan Sanchez doesn't have a team. The mercurial lefty was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, as the club moved forward with right-handed pitcher Bryan Morris.
Sanchez last put together a successful MLB season in 2010 when he posted a 3.07 ERA with the Giants, recording 205 strikeouts in 193 1/3 innings. He memorably won Game 162 with five shutout innings -- and a triple -- against the Padres, securing the Giants' playoff berth on the final game of the season.
But the 30-year-old southpaw hasn't found lasting success since, splitting the last two seasons between three teams. He was shipped from San Francisco to Kansas City with minor-league pitcher Ryan Verdugo for Melky Cabrera after the 2011 season. Then he was sent to Colorado for right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. When arm problems ended his 2012 campaign, all agent Jim McNamara could negotiate for the 2013 season was a minor league contract with the Pirates that included an invitation to spring training.
Sanchez made the Pirates roster and the Opening Day starting rotation. But he lost three of his four starts, was demoted to the bullpen and suspended six games for throwing at Allen Craig before the Pirates cut ties. He was 0-3 with an 11.85 ERA in 12.3 innings this year.
Sanchez went 38-46 over six years with the Giants from 2006-2011 with a 4.26 ERA and 736 strikeouts to 376 walks.