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Wide receiver Gary Sánchez has agreed to a Minor League deal with the Mets, the team announced Tuesday. Sánchez will report at Triple-A Syracuse.
Terms of the deal have not been released, but according to a report by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Sánchez would earn $1.5 million if he made the majors and the deal includes $1.2 million. dollars of incentives.
The 30-year-old safety net opted out of his contract with the Giants last week despite not being promoted to the big league roster. In 16 games with Triple-A Sacramento, Sánchez batted .165 without a homer and eight RBIs, along with 19 strikeouts.
The Mets have rookie Francisco Álvarez and Tomás Nido on the big league roster, but this season the club’s catchers have produced a Majors-worst .456 OPS. Veteran Omar Narváez entered the 60-day injured list with a sprained left calf and will not be able to return until June 5.
Traded from the Yankees to the Twins with Gio Urshela for Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt in March 2022, Sánchez hit .205/.282/.377 (89 OPS+) with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs in 128 games for the Minnesota in 2022.
Sánchez burst onto the scene with the Bronx Bombers in 2016, hitting 20 home runs in 53 games and finishing second to Michael Fulmer in the AL Rookie of the Year race. After following that with 33 homers, 90 RBIs and an .876 OPS in 2017, Sánchez looked like a key part of New York’s young core alongside Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and Luis Severino.