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Mets release Duaner Sanchez WTF?
by: dbkoob on Mar 10, 2009 10:12 AM | Filed under: Journals

Breaking news: Sanchez released

March 10, 2009

The Mets have released Duaner Sanchez. Sanchez was informed when he arrived at the complex on Tuesday morning.

“We looked at it, really, his overall performance based upon last year to where he is now,” GM Omar Minaya said. “We really didn’t see the improvement we felt was needed to be effective in the major leagues. I thought he was improving some. We sat down and talked about it yesterday, late after the game.”

Minaya said the Mets had too many other attractive options in the bullpen. The move appears to directly help Bobby Parnell, although it could allow for a second lefthander to join Pedro Feliciano as well.

The GM said the move was done now to ensure Sanchez has a chance to latch on with another team. Because the move was done before March 18, the Mets will be responsible for $276,339 – 30 days’ pay, or 16.4% of his $1.6875 million deal.

“In fairness to him, and in fairness to us, we just felt that, look, if he’s not going to be on the team, let’s make a decision on this now,” Minaya said. “At the same time it gives him the opportunity to be with another club. … At the same time, I think it’s important that we have a competitive camp here. We want to see progress.”

Sanchez’s career with the Mets was doomed by a traffic accident on I-95 in the early morning hours of July 31, 2006, when he separated his right shoulder. After arriving in a trade with the Dodgers, he had a dominant first half that season, posting a 5-1 record and 2.60 ERA in 49 appearances. Sanchez missed 20 months and required two surgeries before being activated from the DL on April 15, 2008.

Sanchez had made five Grapefruit League appearances. He had allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while walking four and striking out four in five innings. He had erratic control this spring, and his velocity mostly resided in the mid-80s mph.

“To his credit, he really was trying hard,” Minaya said. “But I think you guys have seen – you can get outs, but at the same time the command is not where you want to be. The velocity was getting better. There was some upticks, some positive signs there. At the end of the day, you’ve got to make a call. The call was made today. … I think he came into camp knowing he had to fight for a spot just based upon how the year ended. Most guys are surprised by these things. That’s how it is.”

Sanchez had appeared pleased with his Monday performance against the Orioles, although he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk.

“I don’t like the result,” Sanchez said after that appearance. “… I like how my arm feels and everything else. I’m not worried about the shoulder. When you get the results is when the season starts. … Last season basically was part of my rehab, if you put it that way. You’re doing rehab for a year and a half and are jumping right into the season. I got no rest or anything else. It was just part of the rehab. Did I like the results from last season? No. Definitely no. That’s not me. But I was trying to compete with what I had last year.”

As for now, Sanchez added: “My arm is not bothering me. It’s not getting sore the next day after I pitch. I feel really good. … I’m just trying to build up my arm so it can be like ’06.”

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Minaya said Angel Pagan would miss six to eight weeks if he elects to have surgery to address a bone spur in his right elbow.


One Response to “Mets release Duaner Sanchez WTF?”

  1. Comment posted by fattlipp on March 12, 2009 at 8:15 am (#937586)

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, Head Geeks, but I don’t come to MetsGeek for Mets news items like this. I can get that on MetsBlog (which, frankly, does it better and faster than MG, as well it should — that’s its raison d’etre) or any number of other outlets.

    To me, this is just clutter.

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