10-day contract, 26-day DFA–All-Star catcher Sanchez’s ‘fall from grace’

The days are numbered. Catcher Gary Sanchez, 31, has been designated for assignment by the New York Mets.

The Mets designated Sanchez for assignment (DFA) on Nov. 26. “The Mets now have seven days to trade or designate Sanchez for assignment,” MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball (MLB), reported. “If Sanchez doesn’t have a 메이저사이트 better opportunity outside the organization, he can agree to go to Triple-A Syracuse, but the Mets can’t force him to do so. If he wants to be released, the Mets must approve it.

Sanchez was signed to a minor league deal by the Mets on Oct. 10. The Mets’ need for bullpen help and Sanchez’s desire for playing time were a perfect match. But the numbers didn’t support it. Sanchez went 1-for-6 in his three games with the Mets. With the return of Tomas Nido from the disabled list with dry eye following a spill, Sanchez was less needed.

“We tried some things while he was out,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said, “and now that he’s back, we’re going in a different direction,” Edgar explained. The Mets will likely go with a combination of Francisco Alvarez and Nido, who has been performing above expectations lately. Alvarez has a 1.046 OPS in 17 games in May, combining a .379 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage.

Sanchez, a native of the Dominican Republic, was once an All-Star catcher for the New York Yankees. He hit 33 home runs in 2017, earning All-Star, Silver Slugger, and 22nd in American League Most Valuable Player voting. In 2019, he hit a career-high 34 home runs. In 2020, however, injuries and inconsistency slowed him down. This season, he batted just .164 (9-for-55) at Triple-A San Francisco.

After realizing that he wasn’t going to make it to the big leagues, Sanchez utilized his “opt-out” right and became a free agent. After much deliberation, he signed with the Mets, but he understood the expectations and was forced to find a new team just over a month after signing.

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