Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT 5 Months

Gaby Sanchez was scratched from the Pirates lineup on Saturday due to discomfort in his right knee.

The injury isn't expected to be serious and he's considered day-to-day. He's currently the favorite to serve as the team's starting first baseman, but could wind up in a platoon situation.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT 7 Months

Pirates avoided arbitration with 1B Gaby Sanchez by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract.

Sanchez hit .254/.361/.402 with seven homers for the Pirates last season and was arbitration-eligible for the second time. He's currently in line for everyday at-bats at first base, but the Pirates would like to bring in a platoon partner.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT 8 Months

Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated that he's searching for a platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez at first base.

The right-handed Sanchez owns a meager .242/.313/.387 career slash line against same-handed pitchers, but has slashed a robust .300/.399/.496 against southpaws. Huntington also said he believes Sanchez can improve against right-handed pitching, but we'd bet on history over the GM's word on this one. Sanchez's platoon split was even more pronounced in 2013 -- .987 OPS against lefties, .619 OPS against righties -- than it was before.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Jun 23 '13

Gaby Sanchez launched a solo homer and collected a double in Saturday's victory over the Angels.

He finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Sanchez is hitting .237/.347/.439 with six homers and 22 RBI over 139 at-bats. He remains worthy of owning in NL-only formats.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Apr 25 '13

Gaby Sanchez launched a solo homer and had three RBI in Thursday's victory over the Phillies.

Sanchez tied things up in the sixth with a solo shot off of Cliff Lee, and he got to Lee again the next inning with an RBI single. The first baseman took Lee and Cole Hamels deep in the series win, and he now has a longball in each of his last three starts. He could continue to be a solid NL-only play.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Apr 23 '13

Gaby Sanchez doubled and launched a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

He also drew a walk, reaching base in three of four trips to the plate against Cole Hamels. Sanchez continues to start at first base against southpaws and has homered in each of his last two starts. He's rosterable in NL-only formats.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Mar 18 '13

Gaby Sanchez hit a two-run homer Monday in the Pirates' 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

Sanchez has four homers and a couple of doubles in 32 at-bats this spring. The showing should guarantee that he gets to start at first base against left-handers once the season starts. If he keeps hitting, he could play against righties too, with Garrett Jones logging more outfield time at Travis Snider's expense.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Mar 01 '13

Gaby Sanchez popped a pair of solo homers against the Orioles on Friday.

While there was some speculation that Sanchez might be non-tendered, the Pirates opted to pay Sanchez $1.75 million to stick around as a first baseman against left-handers. An expanded role might come later if he produces.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Jan 18 '13

Pirates avoided arbitration with 1B Gaby Sanchez by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

He'll have a chance to earn more with incentives. Sanchez, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time, batted a disappointing .217/.279/.341 in 2012. He's expected to platoon at first base with Garrett Jones in 2013.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Nov 26 '12

The Pirates are expected to tender Gaby Sanchez a contract prior to Friday's deadline.

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review deduced as much after the team scheduled Sanchez for the club's Winter Caravan. Sanchez is a first-time arbitration-eligible player, so his salary shouldn't be too out of hand. The 29-year-old batted just .202/.250/.306 for the Marlins in 2012 before being dealt to Pittsburgh, where he posted a much more respectable .241/.323/.397 batting line. He should continue to platoon at first base with Garrett Jones.