March 10, 2009
Mets Release Sanchez
by: Alex Nelson on Mar 10, 2009 1:46 PM | Filed under: News

Been written about several places, but here’s Marty’s Noble’s recap:

Convinced that Duaner Sanchez would not regain the form he had in 2006, the Mets released the 29-year-old right-handed relief pitcher on Tuesday morning.

Sanchez left the Mets complex with moist eyes after the club told him of its decision. He was scheduled to pitch Tuesday afternoon against the Nationals, having pitched on Monday against the Orioles.

The move enables the Mets to save five-sixths — $1.35 million — of his $1,687,500 contract.

This is purely a cost-cutting move, as the Mets decided they’d rather have $1.35 million than Sanchez.

The move is slightly puzzling since Sanchez is one of just three relievers in that bullpen you could trust to get batters from either side of the plate out. But, actually, that isn’t quite true:

Split              BA   OBA   SLG
vs. righties     .238  .323  .357
vs. lefties      .272  .347  .435

Don’t get me wrong; Dirty’s not bad against lefties, but he’s more or less an average pitcher against them. Sanchez actually pitched pretty well against lefties last year (.200/.292/.330), but that just isn’t consistent with his career. Even in 2006, Sanchez’s “career year” lefties posted a .787 OPS.

The real problem with Duaner Sanchez is that I think people are under the impression that he’s better than he really is. He came out throwing smoke in 2006 and quickly got the fans on his side, but after that he was pretty inconsistent. Injuries were a problem, but that’s part of baseball; you’ve got to have some ability to stay healthy. The strikeout rate has always been rather pedestrian, and the same goes for his other ratios.

In the end, I don’t blame the Mets for giving up; we’re 280 innings through his career, and he just hasn’t shown a whole lot other than a couple fleeting moments of greatness, all of which came a major shoulder injury ago.

10 Responses to “Mets Release Sanchez”

  1. Comment posted by Dep on March 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm (#936962)

    nice penny pinching move

    i dont really see 3 others guy better than Dirty in the midst, but what do i know

  2. Comment posted by argonbunnies on March 10, 2009 at 3:31 pm (#937034)

    Alex, I agree that Duaner’s been overrated at times. But he’s being seriously underrated when Omar says, “We just have so many other good options in camp.” Ridiculous.

    Sanchez has a plus change-up, decent slider, gets a fair amount of groundballs, doesn’t walk the world, and doesn’t wilt under pressure. In today’s game, that has value. I guarantee that Sanchez will outperform the last guy in our ‘pen this year.

    I don’t know whether Omar is just trying to please his bosses by trimming 1% of the payroll or whether he still hasn’t learned that “bullpen depth” means more than a large number of bodies with little upside. (Yes, watching Bell and Lindstrom in the WBC hurts.)

    Or maybe Omar’s like the overzealous fan who gets excited about each new arrival, reason be damned. “Of course Sean Green will be awesome! Let’s pencil him in for the 7th inning right now!”

  3. Comment posted by Dave in Spain on March 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm (#937038)

    Sanchez has a…

    It all comes down to has vs had.

  4. Comment posted by Gina on March 10, 2009 at 3:36 pm (#937040)

    I don’t have a problem with the move if they think he’s not going to fully recover and isn’t going to be much better than he was last year, which I actually agree with, but now to me the question is what are you going to do to replace the production they were hoping Duaner if recovered would provide? Cutting him is fine, cutting him and just bumping everyone below him up a spot really isn’t. Outside of the 8th & 9th innings we have a bunch of specialists/question marks.

  5. Comment posted by Nj on March 10, 2009 at 6:23 pm (#937154)

    Finally they make a tough decision. Sanchez was done after his rice and beans cab ride..
    wink wink
    booty call,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  6. Comment posted by bcuster on March 10, 2009 at 7:08 pm (#937156)

    i think that the thought was that his velocity was not improving… and that he was not not working hard enough…

  7. Comment posted by Gina on March 10, 2009 at 8:18 pm (#937160)

    Yeah apparently he was topping out at 85.

  8. Comment posted by bcuster on March 10, 2009 at 9:11 pm (#937161)

    a flat 85 mph fastball obviously is not going to cut it in mlb; and i think there may have also been some issues between dunaner & the ny media; ie his unwillingness to be interviewed after tough outings…

  9. Comment posted by littlefallsmets on March 10, 2009 at 10:23 pm (#937166)

    So will they sack-up now and throw a million at Joe Beimel? Or am I just too hopeful?

  10. Comment posted by stel og stem on March 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm (#937471)

    See the strange thing is Dirty was really good the first half of last year and it seemed like he just wore down as the season went on. I guess if they were sure he is done that’s ok but I am sensing just a cost cutting move which is a bad omen for the coming season (and potentially adding payroll by trade during the season). We better sign Ohman or Beimel (are they both still available?)