C - NYY
Gary Sanchez agreed to a one-year, $6.35 million deal with the Yankees to avoid arbitration.
Sanchez gets a salary bump despite hitting below the Mendoza line in 2020. He had a forgettable season, slashing miserable season at the dish in 2020, slashing 147/.253/.365 with 10 dingers and 24 RBI over 156 at-bats. He's a polarizing player in fantasy baseball but he has the most power upside of any catcher on the market.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman called Gary Sanchez the "heir apparent" to open the season as the team's starting catcher.
This isn't exactly a glowing endorsement. Rumors have been swirling in regards to Sanchez's status within the organization following another down year in 2020. He recently survived the non-tender deadline, but New York could theoretically still seek to trade him and/or acquire another catcher over the offseason. Sanchez hit just .147 with a .618 OPS during the abbreviated 2020 campaign.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network is reporting that the Yankees are planning to tender C Gary Sanchez a contract Wednesday.
The details of his non-tender contract are unknown at this time, but the deadline is Wednesday night. The Yankees were reportedly listening to offers on Sanchez this offseason, and did not name him the starting catcher for 2021. New York has changed his tune and will look to secure Sanchez’s non-tender Wednesday. The 28-year-old catcher struggled in a shortened 2020 campaign, slashing .147/.253/.365 over 178 plate appearances.
The New York Post reports that "at minimum" the Yankees will listen to offers on catcher Gary Sanchez.
There continues to be smoke surrounding Sanchez's tenure in New York. Back in October GM Brian Cashman was noncommittal to naming Sanchez his starting catcher for 2021. Additionally, Jon Heyman of MLB Network has reported that the Yankees have expressed interest in free agent Yadier Molina. Sanchez hit just .147 with a .618 OPS during the shortened 2020 campaign.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman admitted Wednesday that it's "certainly a fair question" if Gary Sanchez will be the team's starting backstop in 2021.
Yikes. Sanchez was ultimately benched in the Yankees' ALDS loss to the Rays, ceding starts behind the plate to Kyle Higashioka. Sanchez had a dreadful year at the plate in 2020, batting .147 with a poor .618 OPS. The 27-year-old has monstrous fantasy upside at a position that lacks offensive firepower, but his role is now in question entering the offseason.