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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  1. Joey Doughnuts 4 years ago

    To the White Sox for Brent Lillibridge, obviously.

  2. Perhaps he’s just being sent down?

    • qbass187 4 years ago

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

  3. cayanksfan 4 years ago

    Here comes Felix! Tough choice though…

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      Sanchez was traded to the Mexican Leagues for Felix Diaz?

    • cayanksfan 4 years ago

      Felix Rodriguez that is….

  4. PostMoBills 4 years ago

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

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

    • Threat_Level_RedSox 4 years ago

      Probably not considering they acquired Chris Dickerson last week

      • 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 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.

  6. Twins traded Eric Hacker for him.

  7. Dave_Gershman 4 years ago

    Has to be the Astros or Nationals.

  8. Bo 4 years ago

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

  9. vinnieg 4 years ago

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

    • 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 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

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

  11. jhawk90 4 years ago

    Roger Dorn hung a tag in his locker – psych!

    • LifeLongYankeeFan 4 years ago

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

      • RonWashingtonISinsane 4 years 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 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.

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

  13. Rick Garcia 4 years ago

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

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Taken care of. Quizno sponsorship. DONE.

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

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years 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.

  14. ballmich 4 years 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 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 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 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 ago

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

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  16. cayanksfan 4 years ago

    Is it one of those Spring Training jokes?

  17. stl_cards16 4 years ago

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

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