The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed right-hander Josh Lindblom off waivers from the A’s on Monday, while also outrighting righty Angel Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Sanchez, 25, posted a combined 5.96 ERA (81 ER/122.1 IP) with 75 strikeouts in 25 games (24 starts) between five minor league teams of the Miami, Tampa Bay, Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh organizations in 2014. The Tenares, D.R. native was claimed off waivers three time last season, capping off his traveled campaign with quality starts in two of his five Double-A assignments with the Altoona Curve during August.
This “offseason,” the right-hander made a successful transition to relief work while pitching with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League during October and November. Following his activation from the club’s Taxi Squad, Sanchez worked seven consecutive outings with no earned runs before finally suffering his lone blemish in his Fall League finale. He concluded his strong showing for Scottsdale with just three earned runs and 11 total strikeouts in 12 innings of work (2.25 ERA).
Originally signed by the Dodgers as an international free agent in 2010, Sanchez pitched in Los Angles’ system from 2011-13 before being acquired by Miami in a package deal with right-handers Steve Ames and 2014 Tribe hurler Josh Wall in exchange for righty Ricky Nolasco on July 6, 2013. He will enter the upcoming season having gone 22-40 with a 4.98 ERA (267 ER/482.2 IP) and 386 strikeouts in 98 career minor league games (88 starts).
The Pirates’ headlining move of the two-man transaction, Linblom, is a 27-year-old utility arm who boasts a solid 3.82 ERA in 136 2/3 Major-League innings from both starting assignments and in relief. He made one appearance with Oakland last season – allowing two runs over 4 2/3 innings against Cleveland on April 2 – during a campaign primarily spent pitching at the Triple-A level with Sacramento.
The Lafayette, Ind. native and Purdue University alumnus is out of options on his professional contract and therefore must clear waivers to accept a potential Triple-A assignment with the Indians in 2015.