Mets Would Be Smart To Cut Duaner Sanchez

An article by posted on March 9, 2009

I think it’s time we stop dreaming about the Duaner Sanchez we saw for three months in 2006, and start accepting the fact that the “pre taxi cab from hell” Sanchez is never coming back. It’s been three years… Lets move on already…

The truth is that, he was riding a hot April in 2006 anyway…

April: 0.00 ERA, OBA .135

May – July: 3.70 ERA, OBA .252

If the Mets release Duaner Sanchez by April 1st, they only would be obligated in paying him 25% of his $1.7 million dollar salary.

Sanchez had another bad outing today. He allowed three hits and two runs in an inning of work.

His velocity is still down, but he says that he he hasn’t gone at full throttle yet.

“I know I have it. I’ve got no problem with that. I just don’t want to come out of the chute throwing hard. That’s not me. I want to make sure that when I reach back, I know I have it there. But I want to locate the ball, too.”

Considering that the Mets already have a setup man and closer, I just don’t see the need for paying a guy like Sanchez $1.7 million dollars to get an out in the 6th or 7th inning.

Couldn’t we put that money toward upgrading in another area?

Matt DeSalvo and Darren O’Day are both having great springs and each have a lot of promise and would only cost the Major League minimum of $400,000.

Take the savings, trade Castro and get Pudge in here… Or go after Wily Mo Pena and add a quality righthanded bat to the outfield mix. Or just save the money for the trade deadline…

Anything would be better than squandering that money on a flimsy hope that will never come to fruition.

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