April 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez (57) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Chicago Cubs targeting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez

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It wasn’t that long ago that Jonathan Sanchez was riding high as a member of the San Francisco Giants.

Coupled with Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, Sanchez was about as elite of a fourth starter as one could be. The lone thing holding Sanchez back from All-Star appearances was his iffy control, but still relatively young, there was time to fix that flaw.

Apparently not though as Sanchez struggled during his final season with the Giants, struggles that only grew as Sanchez moved on to the Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates. Sanchez even joined the Dodgers organization, but was unable to crack the Major League roster.

The poor performances haven’t ceased interest in Sanchez though as multiple teams are looking at the once talented arm, including the Chicago Cubs:

The Chicago Cubs are one of several teams interested in signing free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez.

The Cubs envision Sanchez as a reliever, according to a source. Several other teams interested in Sanchez prefer to employ him as a starter — a role that Sanchez has performed for most of his career.

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