OK, so in late October, the
At the time, the Orioles were without a GM, so nothing materialized between the clubs. And in early November the Giants dealt Sanchez to the
This offseason, the Orioles were looking to trade their own veteran pitcher with a high salary,
The Cabrera-Sanchez deal and the Guthrie-Hammel/Lindstrom one appear to be among the most lopsided trades of 2012, maybe of the last few years.
Now, on Friday, Sanchez and Guthrie were traded for each other – a swap of disappointing starters: Guthrie (3-9, 6.35 ERA) and Sanchez (1-6, 7.76 ERA). The Rockies got $1.1 million in salary relief as well.
The funny thing is, I think the Orioles might have taken a shot on Sanchez (who was designated for assignment) had he cleared waivers and become a free agent, which means he would have been available for any club at the prorated league minimum. Sanchez, a free agent at season’s end, probably would have chosen a club that has a more pitcher-friendly environment than