Now that the Angels have signed Raul Ibanez, they have almost shored up the position player side of their roster. Ibanez is a solid signing, but he'd be a much better signing if the Halos had someone to platoon him with, which they don't. Suggest C.J. Cron, who isn't ready, or Grant Green, who can't really hit that well, all you want, but the Angels are simply going to have to look outside for help one more time or just bite the bullet and let Ibanez play everyday, which is probably not a great idea seeing how Mike Trout was in kindergarten when Ibanez played in his first MLB game. The guy is old and liable to turn disintegrate into a puff of dust if used too much.
So, the great search begins to find a viable platoon partner for Raul. Already the internet has suggested Michael Young (gross), Kevin Youkilis (broken) and Mark Reynolds (not actually good at hitting lefties) ad nauseum. Rather than rehash why those three are poor options, let's take a look at a few other right-handed bats that could help prevent Ibanez from getting overexposed.
Over the last three season, Sanchez has had the 32nd highest wOBA in MLB against left-handed pitching at .383 (minimum 350 plate appearances). He adds good power (.195 ISO against lefties) with excellent on-base ability (.399 OBP and 13.3 BB%) to make him the ideal right-handed half of a platoon. He is also a competent first baseman who played third base in the minors, so he could be used their in a pinch. The problem is that he is such a perfect platoon guy that the Pirates may not be willing to trade him. They've been looking to find a quality full-time first baseman, but have thus far had no luck. If they do figure it out, the Angels should certainly give the Buccos a call. That seems unlikely at this late stage of the offseason though.