Gaby Sanchez‘s comeback attempt didn’t go so well, as the former All-Star first baseman who signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners in January has already been released.
Sanchez was trying to win a part-time role after spending last season in Japan, but the Mariners have other options to serve as a right-handed bench bat and decided to move on quickly from the 32-year-old.
Sanchez made the All-Star team for the Marlins in 2011 and was a solid regular for Pittsburgh as recently as 2013, but as a first baseman with modest power his margin for error wasn’t great to begin with and now he’ll likely have to work his way back to the big leagues by putting together a strong stretch at Triple-A for someone.
The Brewers and Dodgers haven’t had much action in Game 4 of the NLCS, bringing a 1-1 game through 10 innings and about four and a half hours. We finally got something to get the blood pumping, though, when Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado and Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar exchanged some words with each other, prompting both teams’ benches to spill onto the field.
With one out, Machado grounded a 3-1, 95 MPH fastball to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who made an easy throw to first base to complete the out. Machado, running the play out, dragged his left leg, slamming it into Aguilar’s leg as he crossed the bag, causing himself to stumble momentarily. Machado went back and jawed at Aguilar like it was his fault.
Machado has not had the best press in the NLCS. He failed to run out a grounder in Game 2, then made a couple of slides in Game 3 that attempted to interfere with Arcia at the second base bag. He was called for interference on the second one. Machado hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt for his actions tonight.
It’s difficult to imagine Machado’s behavior during the NLCS will affect his windfall as a free agent this offseason, but he’s proving to be somewhat of a distraction for a team trying to get back to the World Series. And that’s not good.