The Minnesota Twins and catcher Gary Sanchez were ready for an arbitration hearing next week, but that isn't the case anymore.
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal reported on Thursday that the two sides opted to avoid arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $9 million deal. The new contract is the definition of a compromise considering how the Twins were only offering $8.5 million back in March, whereas Sanchez was hoping for $9.5 million.
Gary Sanchez Contract News
It remains to be seen if Sanchez can live up to the hype that his new price tag brings to the table. A two-time MLB All-Star, the 29-year-old has left a lot to be desired over his last three seasons and must prove that he still can be a consistent contributor.
Sanchez has mashed seven home runs through 44 games so far this season, adding 27 RBIs along the way — both tied for second-best on the Twins. That's a solid pace, but his .224 batting average is far from impressive, as is his 28.3% strikeout rating.
Nevertheless, it hasn't all been bad for Sanchez. Although he's played designated hitter more times in 2022 (19) than any of his other seasons, his .995 fielding percentage as catcher shows that he's very capable and working hard at his defense.
Sanchez will become a free agent at the end of the 2022 MLB season. If he's hoping to receive another major payday next offseason, he has to become the version of himself that was a two-time All-Star and former Silver Slugger.
Twins World Series Odds
The Twins may lead the AL Central, but FanDuel Sportsbook is exactly viewing them as a contender just yet. Their +4000 odds to win the World Series rank T-No. 14, however, it's possible that they can be improved if Sanchez starts producing more consistently
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