As polarizing as New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is, the news revolving around him this off-season has been equally erratic.
Whether it be general manager Brian Cashman indicating that the Yankees will reevaluate the catcher position or Aaron Boone coming to Sanchezâ€™s defense, fans are left in a perplexed state of confusion on what their plans are for the future.
â€œI think itâ€™s certainly a fair question obviously the way Gary Sanchezâ€™ season transpired, and then the way it ended with Higashioka actually starting in the postseason as many games as he did,â€ Cashman said. â€œI think itâ€™s one of the discussion points weâ€™re going to have to focus on.â€
To Cashmanâ€™s point, Sanchez was eventually replaced by Kyle Higashioka during the postseason and lost his right to catch Gerrit Cole. Based on that fact alone, the Yankees should be considering their long-term future at catcher is in question, and Sanchez canâ€™t be relied on after 2021. Sanchez will be a free agent in 2022, after becoming arbitration-eligible in 2021, so they will have to make a decision on his future since his price tag will skyrocket after this upcoming campaign.
Nonetheless, Sanchez is working hard to return to his 2017 self, when he hit 33 homers and earned a .278 batting average. His fellow teammates refuse to give up on him, including first baseman Luke Voit who vouched for his off-season preparation this year.
Luke Voit participated in a phone interview with NJ Advance Media this past week, stating:
â€œHe was coming to the facility before he came down and he was literally hitting for hours and hours at a time with both of our hitting coaches. Heâ€™s got something to prove. I think heâ€™s changed some of his mechanics, working on his timing and trying to prove that last year wasnâ€™t what he wanted and he wants to be â€˜The Kraken,â€™ which we all know he can. We know what heâ€™s capable of. The dudeâ€™s got a lot of talent. I think heâ€™s going to come out and have a big year for us.â€