The Red Sox have signed free agent infielder Yolmer Sanchez to a minor-league contract for the 2022 season, the club announced on Wednesday afternoon. The deal also includes an invite to major-league spring training.
Sanchez, 29, was originally signed by the White Sox as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2009. He debuted for Chicago in 2014 and spent the first six years of his big-league career with the team, most notably winning the American League Gold Glove Award at second base in 2019.
At the conclusion of the 2019 season, Sanchez was non-tendered by the South Siders and shortly thereafter inked a minors pact with the Giants. He never suited up for San Francisco, though, as he was released from the team’s alternate training site roster in August 2020.
Just a week after becoming a free agent again, Sanchez latched back on with the White Sox and closed out the pandemic-shortened season in Chicago. There, the switch-hitter batted .313/.476/.688 with three doubles, one home run, one RBI, seven runs scored, five walks, and five strikeouts over 11 games and 21 plate appearances.
Following the 2020 campaign, Sanchez was claimed off waivers by the Orioles but was released the following March. He then signed a minor-league deal with the Braves and spent the entirety of the 2021 season with Triple-A Gwinnett.
In 102 games for the Stripers, Sanchez slashed .216/.309/.352 to go along with nine doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 35 RBIs, 36 runs scored, six stolen bases, 35 walks, and 88 strikeouts across 355 trips to the plate.
Defensively, Sanchez’s experience as a second baseman sticks out considering the fact he was won a Gold Glove Award there. That being said, the 6-foot, 210 pounder has also seen time at second base and shortstop — as well as a little bit of outfield — throughout his pro career.
Sanchez, who turns 30 in June, has been assigned to Triple-A Worcester and seems likely to begin the 2022 season with the WooSox. Given the nature of the lockout, the Maracay native’s versatility certainly adds to his appeal. He should have the chance to get acclimated with his new organization in Fort Myers.
Boston has now invited eight minor-league signees to camp, with Baldwin, Ramos, and Sanchez joining the likes of right-handers Taylor Cole, Michael Feliz, and Zack Kelly and outfielders Christin Stewart and Rob Refsnyder.
(Picture of Yolmer Sanchez: Ron Schwane/Getty Images)