Toronto Blue Jays hurler Aaron Sanchez has inevitably pigeonholed the front office with his poor play and frequent injury woes.
Aaron Sanchez is making it very difficult on the Blue Jays if the team was planning on shopping him before the trade deadline. If it was not bad enough that Sanchez is represented by Scott Boras, the 26-year old sports an inflated 5.49 earned run average and is still showing a propensity for blister issues again this season.
Sanchez will become a free agent in 2021 and is considered to be a tough sign due to his Boras ties, so the timing would have been perfect to offload the hurler this season in the midst of a rebuild. However, his trade value has drastically diminished and now the Jays are at a crossroads with Sanchez.
The pitcher has pigeonholed Ross Atkins and company into trading him for below value or retaining him for another season in hopes he rejuvenates his career and they can offload him before the trade deadline next season.
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In 16 starts this season, Sanchez has surrendered four or more runs on seven occasions including 19 runs over his last three starts. The right-hander is hardly rounding into form as the season approaches the mid-way mark.
It was thought that Marcus Stroman and Sanchez would be the Blue Jays key trade chips this season but that is not the case. Stroman has upped his value but the same cannot be said for Sanchez who in all likelihood should be moved to the bullpen in an attempt to alleviate the recurring blister and hand issues.
At this stage of the game, the Jays may be better served to keep Sanchez in the fold for another year as his trade value cannot get much lower. With any luck, he has a strong second half and the Jays can explore moving him during the offseason.