Giants sign former Yankees All-Star catcher
Gary Sanchez’s baseball career is continuing.
The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a minor-league deal with Sanchez, pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Free-agent catcher Gary Sánchez in agreement with Giants on minor-league contract, pending physical, source tells @TheAthletic. Will report initially to team’s spring-training home in Scottsdale, then join a minor-league affiliate. Can opt out if not promoted to majors by May 1.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 31, 2023
Sanchez will report to the Giants’ spring training complex and then be assigned to a minor-league team. If he is not promoted to the big leagues by May 1, he can opt out of his deal and become a free agent.
Sanchez was an All-Star with the New York Yankees in 2017 and 2019. He smacked 33 homers in 2017 and 34 in 2019, with an OPS well over .800 in both seasons. But Sanchez has struggled to hit for average since then.
Sanchez batted .147 in the shortened 2020 season, .204 the year after that, and .205 last season with the Twins. Teams likely figure that Sanchez’s bat has dropped off too much to make up for his weaknesses as a defensive catcher.
The 30-year-old played for the Dominican Republic in the WBC this year and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.