MLB free agency hasn’t ended: there are still dozens of players looking for a job.
Some of them are good, or potential difference-makers; others are average players and others are mediocre.
The best of the best are already gone, though, with the notable exception of Carlos Correa.
The catching market didn’t provide many quality alternatives, though.
Thoroughly criticized for his inconsistent defense, Sanchez did improve in that area in his season with the Twins.
With 1.9 Framing Runs and 1 Defensive Run Saved (DRS), you could say he was a net positive behind the plate for the first time in a while.
His offense was once again below-average (89 wRC+) mainly because of his contact issues.
He has power (16 home runs in limited action) but too many strikeouts have hindered his hitting profile.
In recent hours, some Yankees fans have called for his return.
Other fans and an analyst, however, are strongly against that.
That analyst is Gary Sheffield Jr.
“Anyone wanting Gary Sanchez back on the Yankees is just bored that Cashman hasn’t done anything in awhile,” he tweeted.
Anyone wanting Gary Sanchez back on the Yankees is just bored that Cashman hasn’t done anything in awhile.
— Gary Sheffield Jr. (@GarysheffieldJr) January 9, 2023
It’s true that boredom can cause fans to get really creative, but the truth is that the Yankees prefer to apply those funds to other positions.