Yankees: 3 players NYY must ditch before 2021 season

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Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

1. Gary Sanchez

It’s time for the Yankees to cut bait with Gary Sanchez, and it’s also time to stop thinking about it.

In 1995, the Yankees carried a young core of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte along with them through their first playoff run in a decade and a half.

It began well. It ended with devastation.

New York carried a 2-0 series lead to Seattle, where they proceeded to lose a trio of games, saving baseball in the Pacific Northwest, and devastating an over-performing team that no one knew was on the lip of a dynasty.

The first major organizational move that offseason? Cutting bait with popular offensive catcher Mike Stanley, and acquiring a road-grader in Joe Girardi. He wasn’t exciting, but he was chiseled out of granite.

This time around, the Yankees are lucky — Sanchez isn’t even that popular.

Since the end of 2017, Sanchez has hit .186, .232 (.207 in the second half!), and .147. His best-ever full-length playoff series? Glad you asked: .200 in the 2018 ALDS against Boston. He sports a -1.1 win probability added in his postseason career. His playoff energy is worth less than nothing.

At a certain point, the power has to stop tantalizing the front office. The playoff contributions aren’t there. The defensive ability is non-existent. The clock is ticking for New York’s Mike Stanley move for a new generation.