Since June 3, a span of 24 days, Sonny has pitched a grand total of three innings including his appearance last night. And during that time, Sonnanstine has made $121,667 or about $2,967 per pitch.
For comparison, James Shields has been paid $1,264 per pitch this season.
At one point it made sense to keep
Sonnanstine around as he served as the ever important “back-up starting pitcher.” But now that he has struggled in that role, and Alex Cobb has proven he belongs in the big leagues…why is Sonnanstine still on the roster?
There is no good answer.
Meanwhile, Cory Wade, whom the Rays had to release from triple-A Durham because they felt there was no room in the big league bullpen, signed with the Yankees and has given them four scoreless innings in the last two weeks with three strikeouts and just one baserunner allowed.
But hey, Sonnanstine is really good at ping pong!