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Gaby Sanchez Could Be a Nice Surprise for the Pittsburgh Pirates

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When Gaby Sanchez burst onto the scene in 2010 at the age of 26, it looked like he would become a star for the then Florida Marlins. He had a solid season in 2011 and was even named an All-Star. Then he struggled in 2012 and was shipped off to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Gorkys Hernandez and his career path seemed to be taking a bad turn.

This spring Sanchez appears to be back on track as he is hitting .313 with four home runs. He could be a nice surprise power source for a low cost, just $1.75 million in 2013. The question becomes where does he fit in exactly. Sanchez is strictly a first baseman and that position is held down by Garrett Jones.

The Pirates are in a good spot here as they have options. The first and most likely option is that Sanchez is used as a pinch hitter and spot starter. If someone gets hurt in the outfield Jones can be thrown out there and Sanchez could man first. The second option is to dangle him out there as trade bait. A team like the New York Yankees, that is desperate for some corner infield help, might give up some bullpen help or a decent prospect. If the Pirates are going to go the trade route then there isn’t a better time than now to pull the trigger. This is a perfect example of the buy low and sell high principle.

In my opinion the Pirates should hold onto Sanchez, but it never hurts to listen to offers. Maybe, just maybe, the Pirates would be blown out of the water and come away with a steal. This is after all the springtime where anything is possible.

Darren Pare is a Pittsburgh Pirates writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter at dpare71, like  him on Facebook or add  him  to your network on Google.