As most Mets fans have heard by now, the club has released relief pitcher, Duaner Sanchez.
As much as this surprises me, I cannot say that this is all that unexpected. In 2006, Duaner Sanchez was brought over from the Dodgers to set-up for Billy Wagner.
In the months prior to his injury, Sanchez was phenomenal and only allowed 16 earned runs in 55 innings. However, things never panned out following the mid-summer accident.
In 2007, Sanchez arrived to spring training late and in poor condition. This irked Mets' management. As if that weren’t bad enough, Sanchez re-injured his pitching shoulder, which required additional surgery and kept him out of action for the entire 2007 campaign as well.
Although he was fully recovered in 2008, Sanchez velocity was down an average of almost seven mph. However, Mets' management never gave up hope and signed him to a contract for 2009 and had him pitch in Spring Training.
And once again, Sanchez continued to disappoint. Finally, on Monday, Omar Minaya came to the decision that it was time move on from Sanchez.
As much as I have always liked Duaner, especially in 2006, the way that he handled himself prior to the 2007 season really rubbed me the wrong way. It is my belief that if you are a player coming back from an injury, you should do everything you can to get back into playing shape.
I would rather see a player that is entirely dedicated go out and struggle on the mound, then see someone whose effort is in question. And, with that, I would like to thank Duaner Sanchez for his impressive performance in 2006, and wish him well in his future endeavors.