Duaner Sanchez, who was a solid setup man for the Mets and Dodgers from 2004 to 2008, has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.
Sanchez’s career was knocked of course when a 2006 car accident left him with a separated shoulder that caused the right-hander to miss the entire 2007 season. He bounced back with a solid year for the Mets in 2008, but then allowed 11 runs in 11 innings for the Padres in 2009 and hasn’t pitched in the majors since.
He’s still just 31 years old, but Sanchez wasn’t particularly effective last season while pitching in the Canadian-American Association and Mexican League.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!