Reds sign Sanchez
SARASOTA -- The Reds have decided to take a chance on Alex Sanchez.
The outfielder is known for carrying around some baggage, including the dubious distinction of being the first player busted by MLB's steroid policies last year, but he's got some serious talent. A .296 career hitter in the majors and .295 in the minors, plus plenty of speed.
The Reds have signed him to a minor league deal. Johnny Almaraz believes he'll be able to keep Sanchez in line -- he said his ability to speak Spanish probably will help, which makes sense -- and said he's made it clear to the player that the team will have "zero tolerance" for any misbehavior.
I should have a full story up shortly on CincyPost.com.
In the family
SARASOTA -- Going through workouts on the back fields as we speak: Jason Standridge.
Probably a smart move on his part to accept the assignment. I imagine we'll see him in the majors at some point this year.