Sanchez and the Yankees reached a one-year, $6.35 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Despite a lackluster season during the 2020 campaign in which Sanchez lost out on playing time late in the year, the two sides won't need to go to arbitration during the offseason. Sanchez will have to compete for the starting role during spring training after slashing just .147/.253/.365 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI over 178 plate appearances last year.
Sanchez was tendered a contract by the Yankees on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Sanchez posted lackluster numbers at the plate in 2020 and was rumored to be a non-tender candidate during the offseason. However, he'll remain with the Yankees next season while also avoiding arbitration. While Kyle Higashioka enters the season as the favorite to serve as the Yankees' primary catcher, Sanchez could certainly carve out more playing time in 2021 if he can return to his previous form.
Sanchez will sit for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays on Thursday.
It's been quite a fall from grace for the catcher, who sits in favor of Kyle Higashioka for the third time this series. It's not hard to see why the Yankees don't want Sanchez in the lineup in an elimination game, as he's gone 1-for-8 with four strikeouts this postseason after hitting a miserable .147/.253/.365 during the regular season.
Sanchez isn't in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rays on Wednesday.
Sanchez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts during Game 2 on Tuesday, and he'll get a breather for the third game of the series. Kyle Higashioka will take over behind the plate.
Sanchez won't start Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
With Gerrit Cole taking the mound for the Yankees to begin the series, Kyle Higashioka will serve as his catcher as he's done during much of the regular season. However, Sanchez should be available off the bench and during the remainder of the series.
Manager Aaron Boone said deciding who will start at catcher between Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka during the playoffs will be a "day-to-day situation," Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
This is a telling announcement from Boone, as it shows that the Yankees could be running out of patience with Sanchez's struggles at the plate. The backstop has just eight hits in his last 52 at-bats and is hitting just .143/.241/.374 on the season. Higashioka has found success while seeing increased playing time of late, going 7-for-21 with four homers since Sept. 11. Both guys will likely see at-bats in the first round of the playoffs next week, but should the Yankees make a deep run, look for the hot hand to get the majority of the time behind the dish.
Sanchez isn't starting Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Sanchez has gone 0-for-11 with four strikeouts in his last three games, and he'll take a seat once again Thursday. Kyle Higashioka is starting at catcher in his place.
Sanchez isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
Sanchez will retreat to the bench after going 0-for-7 with one strikeout over the past two games. Kyle Higashioka will start at catcher Tuesday.
Sanchez was sore but doing okay after being hit in the neck with a foul ball Sunday against Boston, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
Sanchez stayed in the game after the incident Sunday and was back in the lineup for Monday's contest against Toronto, going 0-for-4 in the loss.
Sanchez isn't starting Saturday against the Red Sox.
Sanchez blasted a clutch home run late in Friday's contest, but he'll get a day off Saturday. Kyle Higashioka will take over behind the plate.
Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and a run scored Friday as he helped the Yankees to a 6-5 comeback win over the Red Sox.
Sanchez got his first hit of the night on a two-run double to get the Yankees on the board in the seventh. Then, with two outs in the ninth, Sanchez swatted a game-tying solo home run over the Green Monster that would eventually send the game to extra innings. The 27-year-old has recorded consecutive multi-hit games for the first time in 2020 as it appears he may be heating up at the right time with the Yankees fighting for a playoff spot with just nine games remaining.
Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and two RBI in a 10-7 win over Toronto on Thursday.
Sanchez doubled in a run during the Yankees' seven-run fourth inning and capped the team's offensive onslaught with a solo shot to left field in the seventh. The home run marked New York's 19th in its three-game series against the Blue Jays, establishing a major-league record for a regular-season series of any length. Remarkably, the two-hit effort was a first for Sanchez in 41 games this season. He's still hitting a paltry .145 overall but is building momentum by going 4-for-13 with a pair of homers, six RBI and only one strikeout over his last three starts.
Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's 20-6 rout of the Blue Jays.
His fourth-inning shot off Anthony Kay was one of six Yankee homers on the night. Sanchez has three hits in the last four games, which counts as a hot streak for him this season -- he's slashing a woeful .131/.248/.344 through 39 contests with eight home runs, 19 RBI and a 15:55 BB:K.
Sanchez is starting Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Sanchez missed two consecutive games while slashing .130/.237/.350 with a 42.1 percent strikeout rate to begin the season. However, he's been working on his rhythm recently in hopes of generating more production at the plate. He'll catch and bat seventh in his return.
Sanchez sits for the second straight game Monday against Toronto.
Manager Aaron Boone indicated over the weekend that Sanchez was due for a period on the bench. It's not hard to see why, as he's hitting a miserable .130/.237/.350 on the season while striking out at a 42.1 percent clip. Kyle Higashioka will start behind the plate Monday.
Sanchez is not in the lineup Sunday and manager Aaron Boone said Sanchez's benching could last a few days, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
After wearing the Golden Sombrero on Saturday, Sanchez now has 11 strikeouts in his last five games. His .130 batting average would be the lowest in baseball by 40 points if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. Erik Kratz and Kyle Higashioka will handle catching duties until the Yankees deem Sanchez ready to return.
Sanchez isn't starting Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
Game 1 of the twin bill lasted nine innings, and Sanchez will get to rest for the nightcap. Erik Kratz will start behind the plate.
Sanchez is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mets.
Sanchez has seven home runs on the season, but he has just 13 total hits while striking out at a 39.1 percent clip. At this point, it will be a challenge for him to finish the season above the Mendoza Line (current .135 average). Kyle Higashioka will start behind the dish and bat eighth.
Sanchez was checked on by trainers after taking a foul tip off his right wrist in the fifth inning against the Rays on Monday, but he was able to stay in the game, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Sanchez's first throw to the mound following the incident went out to second base, but the backstop indicated that he was fine and was able to finish out the game, going 0-for-4 in the loss. There doesn't appear to be much risk of Sanchez missing time due to this particular injury.
Sanchez hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit grand slam during the win over the Mets in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.
Sanchez broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with his 453-foot pinch-hit blast. The 27-year-old is still struggling with a .134 average, but he does have six homers and 14 RBI on the season.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/09||@ TB||L 1-2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10/06||@ TB||L 5-7||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/30||@ CLE||W 10-9||4||1||1||1||3||0||0|
|09/27||vs MIA||L 0-5||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/26||vs MIA||W 11-4||1||2||0||0||0||3||0|
|09/25||vs MIA||L 3-4||3||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|09/24||@ TOR||L 1-4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||ASX-Staten Island Yankee||16||54||8||15||2||0||2||7||3||16||1||1||.278||.333||.426|
|2018||ROK-GCL Yankees East||1||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||--||0||0||.000||.250||.000|