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Cant Touch This
03-25-2006, 03:20 PM
Just saw this on Marc's blog, but did not see it anywhere on ORG. 'scuse me if it's a dupe.

http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/spring/

Gallen5862
03-25-2006, 03:24 PM
http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060325/SPT05/603250398/1027&template=printpicart
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Reds sign outfielder Alex Sanchez

By Marc Lancaster, Post staff reporter


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SARASOTA, Fla. - The Reds have added to an already intriguing collection of minor league outfielders by signing Alex Sanchez to a minor league contract.

Sanchez, 29, has played in more than 400 big-league games, hitting .296 along the way. He has stolen as many as 92 bases in a minor league season and 52 one year in the majors.

So why was he unemployed as spring training neared an end?

The stigma of being the first major leaguer suspended for steroid use may have had something to do with it.

Sanchez tested positive for steroids last spring and was suspended for 10 days. He was playing for the Devil Rays at the time and was slated to be Tampa Bay's Opening Day center fielder. He had been cut by the Tigers earlier last spring and said at the time that he had been tested while still with Detroit.

After the positive test was revealed, Sanchez said he had never taken steroids, but had purchased various items over the counter - such as multivitamins and protein shakes - that may have caused the positive test. He didn't appeal his suspension.

Sanchez returned to play 43 games for the Devil Rays last year, hitting .346, but Tampa Bay designated him for assignment in June. The Giants claimed him off waivers, and he played in 19 games for them before going on the disabled list in July with a sprained elbow. In August, the Giants designated him for assignment.

Looking to improve their organizational depth, the Reds decided to take a chance on Sanchez, but only after player development director Johnny Almaraz laid down the law to the player.

"I'm going to gamble on him," Almaraz said Saturday. "I've been very direct to him in spelling out what I want and what the organization wants. If he doesn't comply with the way the Cincinnati Reds do business, he'll be out of here. It's zero tolerance."

Almaraz said he met with Sanchez for two hours before allowing him to take the field, but the outfielder agreed to all of the Reds' stipulations.

Late Saturday morning, Sanchez was in a batting practice group on the back fields, wearing a No. 56 uniform without a name on the back, as Almaraz looked on.

The plan is to start Sanchez off with high-Class A Sarasota for a few weeks to let him get back up to speed after missing most of spring training. After that, Sanchez likely will be sent to Louisville, where he'll join a couple of other players who have some big-league time, Timo Perez and Brian Buchanan.

KronoRed
03-25-2006, 03:30 PM
If the Bats didn't get enough of the 1st Brian Hunter

OnBaseMachine
03-25-2006, 03:32 PM
We don't need a Dirty Sanchez.

Falls City Beer
03-25-2006, 03:36 PM
We don't need a Dirty Sanchez.

I don't know, I think Alex could really "wipe" out the competition.

Please don't "smear" his good name.

OnBaseMachine
03-25-2006, 03:39 PM
I don't know, I think Alex could really "wipe" out the competition.

Please don't "smear" his good name.

:laugh:

Cant Touch This
03-25-2006, 03:40 PM
I just hope he doesn't stink up the outfield.

OnBaseMachine
03-25-2006, 03:51 PM
I just hope he doesn't stink up the outfield.

Exactly. The last thing we need him to do is lay a Cleveland steamer in the outfield.

KronoRed
03-25-2006, 03:51 PM
You guys are sick :help:

Falls City Beer
03-25-2006, 03:53 PM
Another player that looked really good against the Reds the other day was that hot-playing Carl Crawford.

captainmorgan07
03-25-2006, 04:14 PM
we'll see how he does he was a good hitter last year with the devil rays has good speed never has been to much of a defensive player though

reds44
03-25-2006, 04:18 PM
I like it.

OnBaseMachine
03-25-2006, 04:40 PM
I like it.

Just curious, but why? Career .702 OPS and a horrible centerfielder. He's also a below average base stealer(.68 percent). I like nothing about him but his funny name.

Krusty
03-25-2006, 06:31 PM
Every team needs a Willie Mays Hayes on its roster.

Falls City Beer
03-25-2006, 07:10 PM
Everyone likes to boo cocky players.

Ravenlord
03-26-2006, 12:02 AM
Everyone likes to boo cocky players.
especially when it's Kazuhito Tadano.

M2
03-26-2006, 01:32 AM
If the Reds are going to have a zero-tolerance policy in regards to misbehavior (not to mention constant loafing and non-stop jackassery), then why sign Alex Sanchez?

Ravenlord
03-26-2006, 02:16 AM
If the Reds are going to have a zero-tolerance policy in regards to misbehavior (not to mention constant loafing and non-stop jackassery), then why sign Alex Sanchez?
other than Hancock, when has the zero-tolerance policy been used under Krivsky? and even with Hancock, wasn't that more Narron telling Krivsky, and Krivsky buckeling because Hancock was told to report at a specific weight by the old regime?

OnBaseMachine
03-26-2006, 03:55 AM
Sanchez signs

Wherever he has been, outfielder Alex Sanchez wore out his welcome with a less than pleasant personality. Despite a .296 career average over five major-league seasons, he has played for three teams Milwaukee, Detroit and Tampa Bay.

Sanchez hit .346 with the Devil Rays last year over 133 at-bats, but was released.

He didn't have a job until Saturday when he walked into the Reds camp and signed a minor-league contract.

"We're giving him another chance and he seems appreciative," said general manager Wayne Krivsky. "He'll probably start the season at Class A Sarasota."

http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/content/sports/reds/daily/0326redsweb.html

KronoRed
03-26-2006, 04:04 AM
Guess they want him to work his way up.

reds44
03-26-2006, 12:19 PM
Sanchez signs

Wherever he has been, outfielder Alex Sanchez wore out his welcome with a less than pleasant personality. Despite a .296 career average over five major-league seasons, he has played for three teams Milwaukee, Detroit and Tampa Bay.

Sanchez hit .346 with the Devil Rays last year over 133 at-bats, but was released.

He didn't have a job until Saturday when he walked into the Reds camp and signed a minor-league contract.

"We're giving him another chance and he seems appreciative," said general manager Wayne Krivsky. "He'll probably start the season at Class A Sarasota."

http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/content/sports/reds/daily/0326redsweb.html
Yeah because he is coming off an injury, so that is going to be his spring training. If you read the entire article (or maybe it was a different one) they said he will be in AAA in no time.

KronoRed
03-26-2006, 02:59 PM
So how long before a positive steroids test? :evil2: