I'd like to know what the hell happened to Sanchez at the plate. Hits like .285 over first 1.5 seasons and then has been a Mendoza line hitter ever since. Did the defensive issues sap his confidence? Injuries?
I’d take a flyer on Sanchez depending on cost. Defense is horrible, but he’s a RH power bat.
I think Sanchez's reputation as a bad defensive catcher is maybe a bit overstated.
Jon Abbey or someone else who watches the Yankees could speak to this better than I can. But I think the deal with Gary Sanchez is that he’s a bad pitch blocker, which made him a terrible fit on a 2021 Yankee team that threw more curveballs than just about anyone else, about twice the rate of the average team. They attacked the bottom of the zone a lot.
The 2022 Twins didn't. They have much less of a curveball heavy staff, and Sanchez rated just fine defensively (+1 DRS), a big jump from his -10 mark the previous year.
Sanchez, NYY, 2021: 8 passed balls, 60 wild pitches
, 879 innings, 50 SB, 10 CS
Sanchez, MIN, 2022: 4 passed balls, 27 wild pitches, 714 innings, 36 SB, 14 CS
Sonny Gray is a big curveball guy, and the Twins had Jeffers catch him. I think they'd often pull him for some of their relievers too. Like the Twins, the 2022 Sox worked up in the zone a lot, so I think Sanchez might have a decent shot to be okay here too. If we were to sign him, maybe have McGuire catch Kluber and Pivetta.
I think I'd be fine with signing him. He's been pretty "unlucky" relative to his xstats for a few years now. I don't know if that evens out but you'd have to think the Monster helps.