Report: Mets have discussed Gary Sanchez as Yankees must make decision by 8 p.m. Tuesday
The Yankees have until 8 p.m. Tuesday night to make a decision on Gary Sanchez, and if New York decides to let the polarizing catcher go, a nearby rival could be waiting to scoop him up.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets have “at least discussed” the Sanchez situation in the Bronx, as the Yanks must decide whether to tender the soon-to-be 29-year-old a contract, trade him, or release him.
Sanchez now has a Mets tie with the hiring of GM Billy Eppler, who knows Sanchez from his time in the Yankee organization, when Sanchez was a highly-touted prospect.
The Mets have a catcher in James McCann, who signed a four-year, $40.6 million deal last offseason, but hit just .232 with a .349 slugging percentage and 10 home runs. The current backup is Tomas Nido, who is entering his first year of arbitration eligibility.
If the Yankees bring back Sanchez, which will likely be the outcome given the slim options for catchers on the trade and free agent market, he would stand to make roughly $8 million. He was tendered a deal last offseason after the front office reportedly mulled moving on following a disastrous 2020 campaign which saw Sanchez lose his starting role to backup Kyle Higashioka. Sanchez improved in 2021, but still is far from the hitter he was when he stormed onto the scene in a historic rookie season in 2016, and from the All-Star he was as recently as 2019. Sanchez batted .204 with a .730 OPS and 23 home runs last season.
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