Yankees gave Gary Sanchez ’emotional baggage’: agent

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Francisco Marquez, the agent for former Yankee Gary Sanchez, talked up the catcher to The Athletic throughout the Winter Meetings on Tuesday — and shaded Sanchez’s former crew within the course of.

“The most important aspect of the 2022 season was that at the end of the season Gary was able to finally and completely shake off the emotional baggage he had acquired during his previous two seasons with the Yankees,” Marquez stated. “Whoever gets Gary this offseason will benefit from the rebirth of the Kraken.”

After a terrific begin to his Yankees career that featured All-Star nods in 2017 and 2019, Sanchez struggled mightily with strikeouts and poor protection behind the plate. He was typically the topic of ridicule and boos from Yankees followers resulting from his poor play, and was benched throughout the 2020 playoffs and the 2021 Wild Card sport.

Sanchez was not precisely reborn throughout his first year in Minnesota. In 128 video games, the 29-year-old hit .205 with 16 residence runs and a .659 OPS, the latter two numbers representing full-season career lows.

Gary Sanchez with the Twins
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Gary Sanchez throughout his time with the Yankees
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Marquez pointed to superior statistics, saying Sanchez’s “exit velocities last season compared well to those of [Willson] Contreras and [Christian] Vázquez, and that his expected slugging percentage and weighted on-base average were significantly higher than his actual numbers,” per The Athletic. Per Baseball Savant, his anticipated batting slugging share ranked 84th within the majors amongst all batters with at the very least 10 plate appearances and his barrel rate was forty third.


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Sanchez is at the moment a free agent after spending one season with the Twins. The Yankees traded the catcher to Minnesota after the 2021 season, together with Gio Urshela, for Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt.

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