The New York Yankees have one year left of control when it comes to catcher Gary Sanchez, but it seems as if they are not in any rush to extend him on a one year deal. With Wednesday, 8 PM being the deadline to tender a new contract, Sanchez’s fate lies within the next few hours.
It is not surprising that the Yankees are evaluating the catcher position extremely closely, based on Sanchezâ€™s terrible 2020 season. In fact, Sanchez has degraded since his stellar 2017 campaign, when he hit .278 with 33 homers and 90 RBIs. However, fast forward three years, and he finished with a .147 average, 36% strikeout rate, and -0.1 WAR.
The New York Yankees need to understand 2020 was no anamoly:
Last season could be coughed up as an anomaly, but his 2019 numbers were still problematic. Despite hitting 34 homers and 77 RBIs, Sanchez was questionable on defense, another knock on his game. He allowed 15 errors and 18 passed balls, both numbers being extremely high. In 2018 he had a .186 BA with the second-lowest WAR of his career at 1.7.
While he has been a liability at times on both sides of the ball, manager Aaron Boone came to his defense several weeks ago.
â€œI think heâ€™s been unfairly criticized a lot,â€ the Yankees manager told Meredith Marakovits on YES Networkâ€™s Yankees Hot Stove. â€œI think at times itâ€™s over the top and people are blinded by some of the things that heâ€™s done really well.
â€œThis year was certainly a challenging year for him and a struggle for him in a lot of ways, but thatâ€™s okay,â€ Boone continued.Â â€œThatâ€™s part of the game. Sometimes you have a tough season, and this season was tough for so many people across the league for different reasons.â€