Sanchez has dealt with injuries over the past two seasons, limiting him to 261 plate appearances since the start of the 2011 campaign. The 35-year-old missed the entire 2012 season, as he only collected 10 plate appearances with the San Francisco Giants’ high-A affiliate.
Sanchez has spent a majority of his career at second base, but he’s also manned shortstop and third. Over 10 seasons in the majors he’s hit .297/.335/.413. In 2011 he hit .289/.332/.397 with 15 doubles and three home runs for the Giants.
The Twins are relatively young at third and short, with Trevor Plouffe and Pedro Florimon each checking in at 26 years old. Meanwhile, they’re projected everyday shortstop, Jamey Carroll, is 38.
Rather than sign Sanchez as a veteran reserve, the Twins appear set to enter the spring with Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier as backup infielders.