Sánchez, 28, was first selected to Milwaukee’s 40-man roster in June of 2021 and has served as an up-and-down depth arm since then. Across 2021 and 2022, he threw 39 1/3 MLB innings with a 4.12 ERA. His 18% strikeout rate and 12.4% walk rate were both a few ticks worse than average, though he did get grounders at a decent 45.8% clip.
Sanchez went on the injured list in late June due to “UCL discomfort.” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that “nothing major” was found by an MRI and he was sent on a rehab assignment in July. However, he made just two appearances on that assignment and didn’t pitch over the final few months of the season. He was placed on the 60-day IL August 1.
At this time of year, many clubs are facing roster crunches. There’s no IL between the World Series and Spring Training, meaning that players on the 60-day IL will have to retake roster spots. All teams will also have to decide which prospects to add to their 40-man rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft, further adding to the squeeze.
Sánchez has been in the minors for at least part of seven seasons now, which gives him the right to refuse this outright assignment and elect free agency. It’s unclear at this point if he has chosen to do so.