Desperate times call for desperate measures. As the New York Mets offense is as lifeless as Helen Keller, that calls for throwing anything at the wall in hopes that it will stick.
That desperation has led to a well known name coming back to New York. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported that the Mets have signed Gary Sanchez to a minor league contract in the hopes that he has something left.
New York Mets hoping to fix one black hole in their lineup
The catcher position was not supposed to be this bad. Francisco Alvarez was a top prospect and was supposed to be the National League’s answer to Adley Rutschman. Instead, he has hit like Neifi Perez and Bo Diaz, posting a 62 OPS+ this season. The Mets certainly expected better than a .220/.264/.320 batting line with one homer and two doubles in 53 plate appearances. However, even that is positively Ruthian compared to what Tomas Nido has done at the plate. Who knew the Mets would miss Omar Narvaez this much?
Maybe Sanchez can be a part of the solution. He has been a respectable power hitter in the past and has worked to improve his defense. He had also posted a mediocre .164/.319/.182 batting line with one double in his 69 plate appearances at Triple-A in the Giants system this year. It was easy to see why the Giants declined to give him a roster spot despite their own issues behind the plate.
It could be that a change of scenery will work. Maybe returning to New York can make a difference for Sanchez. It is also possible that he will simply stay in Triple-A, especially if Alvarez figures out how to hit. In the Mets case, there is no harm in hedging their bets, especially given their disappointing start to the season.
The New York Mets have signed Gary Sanchez to a minor league deal. After all, desperate times call for desperate measures.