Yankees: 6 Untouchables Who Should Not Be in Trade Talks
By Ryan Doyle
The Yankees won’t bother trading one of the best catchers in baseball.
C Gary Sanchez
We’ve read through Twitter, listened to the sports talk shows and read the columns about Gary Sanchez. The slugging Yankees catcher has taken his fair share of criticism for his supposed lackadaisical play, fielding woes and tendency to strike out.
What’s hard to believe is what gets missed in all of the criticism. Especially the one point that many fail to understand, which is the fact Sanchez is one of the best catchers in all of baseball.
Luckily, general manager Brian Cashman isn’t as reactionary as Yankees Twitter. Be thankful that Sanchez will be in the middle of the lineup making life a living hell for the opposing pitcher (and sometimes his own pitcher as well).
Sanchez led all catchers with 34 home runs and finished top-five at his position in OPS, .wOBA and RBI. No matter how much Sanchez may struggle behind the plate, he is nearly unmatched with his production at the dish.
While he may never become a plus-defender, the hope is that Tanner Swanson, the Yankees’ new catching coach, can help fill some of the holes in Sanchez’s game behind the plate.