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Tallarini’s Takes: MLB Transaction List, May 9

 Matt Tallarini  |    May 10th, 2024 12:15am EDT

Aaron Sanchez pitches. (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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MLB Transaction Report


  • On May 6, Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet reported that the Toronto Blue Jays signed right-handed pitcher Aaron Sanchez to a minor league deal.
    • Sanchez was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo on May 7.
    • Sanchez, 31, was born in Barstow, Calif. and was drafted by Toronto as the 34th overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft and signed with the organization on June 15, 2010.
    • Sanchez played in eight MLB seasons, with the Blue Jays from 2014-19, the Houston Astros in 2019, the San Francisco Giants in 2021, the Washington Nationals in 2022, and the Minnesota Twins in 2022.
    • He was selected as an All-Star in 2016 and led the American League in ERA in the same season.
    • Last season, Sanchez played between Triple-A Reno from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and Triple-A St. Paul for the Twins.
    • Sanchez signed a minor league contract with Minnesota on January 30, 2023.
    • With Triple-A St. Paul, he appeared in 18 games and started in 16, posting a 4-4 record with a 5.30 ERA, recording one save, throwing 73 innings, allowing 74 hits, 43 earned runs, 10 home runs, 53 walks, 57 strikeouts, and a 1.740 WHIP prior to his release on July 23, 2023.
    • During his eight seasons in the MLB, Sanchez has a lifetime record of 38-38 with a 4.16 ERA in 174 appearances and 113 starts, recording three saves, throwing 685 innings, allowing 652 hits, 317 earned runs, 72 home runs, 292 walks, 541 strikeouts, and a 1.378 WHIP.


  • Jeff Wilson of Rangers Today reported that the Texas Rangers signed right-handed pitcher Kyle Barraclough to a minor league deal on May 8.
    • Barraclough was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock on May 8.
    • Barraclough, 33, was born in Santa Clara, Calif. And has played eight seasons in the MLB with the Miami Marlins from 2015-18, the Washington Nationals in 2019, the San Francisco Giants in 2019, the Minnesota Twins in 2021, the Los Angeles Angels in 2022, and the Boston Red Sox in 2023.
    • Barraclough has thrown one game out of the for Triple-A Round Rock and started on May 8 against Triple-A Las Vegas, the Oakland Athletics affiliate. He pitched 3.2 innings and allowed four hits, two earned runs, one home run, three walks, and 12 strikeouts, with his ERA at 4.91 during the no-decision start.
    • Barraclough played for High Point Rockers in the Atlantic League to begin the 2024 regular season and started in two games, posting a 2.00 ERA, throwing nine innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs, one home run, three walks, and striking out 12 batters.
    • Last season, Barraclough started the year with the High Point Rockers and went 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in seven appearances and two starts, recording one save. He pitched 18 innings, allowing 12 hits, two earned runs, one home run, four walks, and 17 strikeouts before signing with Boston on June 19, 2023. He was then assigned to Triple-A Worcester on June 20, 2023.
    • During his time with Boston, Barraclough posted a 1-1 record with a 12.91 ERA in three games out of the bullpen throwing 7.2 innings, allowing 14 hits, 11 earned runs, three home runs, six walks, four strikeouts, and a 2.609 WHIP before he elected free agency on October 10, 2023.
    • In his nine seasons in the MLB, Barraclough has a lifetime record of 19-16 with a 3.86 ERA. He has thrown 282 innings in 291 appearances out of the bullpen, recording 11 saves. He has allowed 221 hits, 121 earned runs, 31 home runs, 173 walks, 350 strikeouts, and a 1.397 WHIP.


  • The Los Angeles Angels acquired Venezuelan infielder Luis Guillorme from the Atlanta Braves on May 9 for a player to be named later or for cash considerations, the Braves announced.
    • Guillorme, 29, was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and played seven seasons in the MLB with the New York Mets from 2018 to 23.
    • Guillorme played 10 games with Atlanta to start the 2024 season and batted .150 in 21 plate appearances, recording three hits, two doubles, three RBI, one walk, and striking out five times.
    • He has played in seven games and started in five at second base through 46 innings, having had 20 chances, five putouts, 15 assists, and two double plays. Guillorme has started one game at shortstop through seven innings and has had four chances, two putouts, two assists, and one double play.
    • During spring training, Guillorme played in 10 games with 24 plate appearances and batted .273, dialing six hits, two doubles, three RBI, two walks, and three strikeouts.
    • Guillorme signed as a free agent to the Braves on January 5 for a one-year, $1.1 million contract during this past offseason.
    • Last season in his final year with the Mets, Guillorme played in 54 games and hit .224 with 120 plate appearances smacking 24 hits, six doubles, one triple, one home run, nine RBI, 10 walks, 28 strikeouts, and a .615 OPS.
    • In Guillorme’s seven seasons in the MLB, he has a lifetime average of .258 playing in 345 games with 844 plate appearances smacking 191 hits, 35 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 51 RBI, four stolen bases, 92 walks, 136 strikeouts, and a .671 OPS.