‘Kraken’ Sent Packin’ By New York Mets
The return to New York was short lived for Gary Sánchez. The former New York Yankees All Star catcher is looking for a new team, once again.
Thursday evening, Tim Healey of newsday.com reported that the Mets had designated Sánchez for assignment, which will lead to the 30-year old's release. Why did the Mets jettison Sánchez after only 3 games?
Mets manager Buck Showalter told Healey and the media, “We tried to do some things while Tomas is out. Trying to make the club as good as it can be each day. Now we think it is with Tomas back...I’m glad we went down that path and I’m glad Tomas is back.” How does Nido feel about backing-up rookie catcher Francisco Alvarez?
Tomas Nido told Healey about Alvarez, “I’m so happy for him. Huge fan of him, I’ve always been. I’ve always told him he belongs here. We knew he could do it. It just takes time to get used to it. He’s really putting it together right now.” Some baseball analysts wondered if the Mets would send Alvarez down to Triple-A Syracuse. That was doubtful. What's next for Sanchez?
Gary Sánchez worked with the Mets pitchers and that will likely help him find another job with a Major League team. Mets co-ace, Max Scherzer spoke glowingly about working with Sánchez on Sunday. It's doubtful that Sánchez will find a starting job in MLB, anytime soon. However, Gary Sánchez could provide a playoff bound team with a powerful back-up catcher.