Yankees Designate Romulo Sanchez For Assignment

WEDNESDAY: The Yankees designated Sanchez for assignment and announced that he has an offer to play in Japan.

MONDAY: The Yankees are selling Romulo Sanchez's rights to a Japanese team, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch (on Twitter).  Sanchez, 27 in April, is an out of options hurler with a 95 mile per hour fastball. 

He spent most of last year at Triple-A, posting a 3.97 ERA, 8.3 K/9, 5.1 BB/9, and 0.7 HR/9 in 104 1/3 innings.  The Yankees acquired him from the Pirates about two years ago for Eric Hacker.  At that time, Baseball America wrote Sanchez was "a big, intimidating presence…[who] lacks a great feel for pitching and has control lapses that keep him from dominating."


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40 Comments on "Yankees Designate Romulo Sanchez For Assignment"


Joey Doughnuts
4 years 5 months ago

To the White Sox for Brent Lillibridge, obviously.

4 years 5 months ago

Perhaps he’s just being sent down?

qbass187
4 years 5 months ago

Not without passing through waivers first…which he hasn’t. Can’t just be sent down without options.

cayanksfan
4 years 5 months ago

Here comes Felix! Tough choice though…

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Sanchez was traded to the Mexican Leagues for Felix Diaz?

cayanksfan
4 years 5 months ago

Felix Rodriguez that is….

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

A bullpen arm? The Twins probably traded Slowey or Liriano for him. Maybe both.

4 years 5 months ago

If it’s a trade it’s probably for a utility outfielder.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 5 months ago

Probably not considering they acquired Chris Dickerson last week

4 years 5 months ago

That’s what’s confusing about this. Did they just trade him for another minor leaguer because they don’t think he has a future with the club? They have dickerson, and obviously Sanchez isn’t going to get you an upgrade over that considering he’s not really good.

andrewyf
4 years 5 months ago

They traded him because he didn’t make the major league team, and they’d lose him if they tried to pass him through waivers.

4 years 5 months ago

Twins traded Eric Hacker for him.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

Has to be the Astros or Nationals.

grownice
4 years 5 months ago

Close…

Bo
4 years 5 months ago

Probably Washington. They’ve been stockpiling arms for the past week.

Truitalian9
4 years 5 months ago

Probably attempting to get a back up catcher who is better than Molina.

4 years 5 months ago

That’s what I was thinking. Its disturbing to see Gustavo as a back up when he only started 13 career games

SixAces
4 years 5 months ago

But he is a veteran with 13 games to his name! Plus the 0 in offense means he has to be good with his defense!

/sarcasm for all the folks with broken sarcasm detectors

4 years 5 months ago

Whatever it is, it’s gotta be good… Cashman only keeps the good deals quiet.

jhawk90
4 years 5 months ago

Roger Dorn hung a tag in his locker – psych!

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 5 months ago

Man I was hoping we could have gotten Rick Vaughn and his mistresses for Sanchez. Oh well.

Rangersfan32
4 years 5 months ago

Well seeing as how the Yankees have a stiuation with their backup catcher position, wouldn’t Jake Taylor be a better fit?

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 5 months ago

You do make a good point we already have Joba so we really don’t need Vaughn and Taylor is only making the league minimum so it would make sense.

4 years 5 months ago

For Schierholtz maybe? My guess is Sanchez for Nate Schierholtz on SF

Rick Garcia
4 years 5 months ago

Yanks must need that money so they can keep feeding Colon his snacks

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

Taken care of. Quizno sponsorship. DONE.

4 years 5 months ago

MMMMMMM toasty. I hate you actually, that serisouly made me hungry.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

With extra cheese. I hear they are going to name a sandwhich after him as well. It’s going to be called a BC’s Best. Pull BQ pork, Ham, Roast Beef, Three Cheese (Provolone, Colby Jack and Pepper Jack), smotherd in onions and bell peppers. Comes with a side of cholesterol to dunk it in as well. Mmmmm mmmmm good.

4 years 5 months ago

MMMMMMM toasted heart disease..

inleylandwetrust
4 years 5 months ago

That sounds absolutely amazing

0bsessions
4 years 5 months ago

I would eat the heck out of that sub.

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

Where is the “love” button?

ballmich
4 years 5 months ago

Wow, Japan? Is that really such a great move for Sanchez given what is going on there at the Fukushima nuclear plant? Until that situation is resolved and the radiation impacts is better understood, I wouldn’t be signing up for this.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

You know what? Didn’t even think of that. I’m sure that teams aren’t going to play anywhere near that location but still.

I wonder what say, if any, players have to accept or reject that kind of move?

ballmich
4 years 5 months ago

Yes, they need the player’s approval to sell them to a foreign team.

A fair amount of radiation as far south as Tokyo. It really depends on which way the wind is blowing that day. And radiation in the tap water is a really bad sign. They can say that it’s safe to drink for everyone but infants, but would you want to drink it? Really, the situation is a lot worse than Japan is letting on.

All I’m saying is that playing in Korea would be a safer choice this year.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

I wonder if this is some sort of trick? When does their season start? Maybe he willbe offered back to them at some point?

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

per the WSJ, the season start has been pushed back to april 12

AnT
4 years 5 months ago

WeAK!

cayanksfan
4 years 5 months ago

Is it one of those Spring Training jokes?

stl_cards16
4 years 5 months ago

The suspense of what it said is killing me! Just get it reviewed already