Gary Sánchez’s future with the Yankees was debated in the team’s offices last winter, following a disappointing 2020 season for the Dominican. In the end, they decided to offer him a contract with a 27% raise.
Now, the future of the querqueyano in the Bronx is once again in doubt. This Tuesday at 8 pm ET is the limit for teams to offer contracts to their players. However, considering the tight market for catchers in free agency, it seems unlikely the Yankees will decide to let Sanchez go.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke highly of Sanchez’s 2021, who hit .204 / .307 / .423 with 23 homers and 54 RBIs in 117 games, although he ended up giving playing time to Kyle Higashioka. Sánchez will turn 29 on Sunday.
The Dominican did not start in this year’s AL Wild Card Game, with Higashioka catching Gerrit Cole against the Red Sox.
The Yankees could trade Sanchez, offer him a contract (Cot’s Baseball Contracts projects a salary of $ 8 million) or simply let him go.
The free agent market features Luke Maile and Stephen Vogt as the top picks among catchers.
Shortstop remains the club’s priority in the free market, even after seeing Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Puerto Rican Javier Báez agreeing with other teams this week.