The Mariners have announced that first baseman Gaby Sanchez has been released. The 32-year-old signed a minor league deal with the M’s in January.
Sanchez owns an impressive .291/.382/.481 line over 714 career plate appearances against left-handed pitching, which made him a possible platoon candidate alongside the lefty-swinging Adam Lind. The Mariners, however, signed another righty bat in Korean first baseman Dae-Ho Lee a few weeks after inking Sanchez. Between Lee and former top prospect Jesus Montero also competing for the right-handed platoon role, the writing was on the wall for Sanchez when he didn’t produce much in limited spring action.
Sanchez has a .254/.332/.413 slash line and 61 homers over 2271 career PA with the Marlins and Pirates from 2008-14, highlighted by an All-Star game appearance in 2011. He spent 2015 in Japan with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, posting a .720 OPS over 232 PA.
Montero needs to be traded, he should not be the rh platoon, it needs to be either lee or Romero
Who will ever forget Gabby Hayes who grew up near me in Wellsville, New York. He could hit, pitch and sing the national anthem in three languages simultaneously.
Sanchez could do that sign the anthem to deaf persons!