The Padres and the right hand Angel Sanchez have agreed on a minor league deal, reports Robert Murray of FanSided. The righty will receive an invitation to major league spring training.
Sanchez, 33, has very little big league experience dating back to 2017 with the Pirates. He appeared in eight games, but posted an 8.76 ERA in that short time. At the end of that season, he was released by the Bucks to sign with the SK Wyverns of the Korean baseball organization, now known as the SSG Landers.
His first season in Korea was a bit of a struggle as he posted a 4.89 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances. The following season, however, was much better as he made 28 starts and lowered his ERA to an excellent 2.62. He then left Korea for Japan, joining the Yomiuri Giants for the 2020 season. Between that year and the 2021 campaign, he made 29 appearances for the Giants, pitching 160 2/3 innings with a 3.81 ERA.
Sanchez doesn’t appear to be playing anywhere in the summer of 2022, but he has been seeing some action lately for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League. He made four appearances with that club, posting a 1.29 ERA in seven innings.
It’s been more than five years since his last major league appearance, and since then Sanchez has put various stamps on his passport. He will now head to camp with the Friars and attempt to return to the big leagues for the first time since 2017, having pitched well in various minor leagues in between.