Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez has arguably been one of the leagues worst starters this season and his season stat line continues to inflate.
The rapid decline of Aaron Sanchez has been one of the unfortunate storylines of the 2019 season with his trade value plummets. Sanchez has had a disastrous campaign that nobody could have envisioned, over his last 14 starts, he is 0-12 with an 8.05 earned run average while opponents are hitting a robust .326 off him during that stretch.
For the season, Sanchez is 3-13 with a 6.22 earned run average and an MLB leading 58 walks in 20 starts, the 27-year old is averaging a career-high 5.4 free passes per nine innings this season. The once dominant Blue Jays hurler is a shell of his former self and may need to re-establish himself somewhere other than the starting rotation.
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Sanchez has surrendered 67 earned runs this season which is the second most of any qualified starter in the majors. Reynaldo Lopez of the White Sox is the only pitcher to give up more than Sanchez with 69 runs allowed.
Regardless of what his agent Scott Boras wants for his client, the Blue Jays may be better served to move Sanchez to the bullpen once Ryan Borucki makes his return in the coming weeks. Any other pitcher with those numbers would have been riding a bus in Buffalo a month ago.
However, the Jays missed the demotion window last week with Sanchez as he now has accrued five years of service time and can refuse a demotion.
Sanchez won’t be eligible for free agency until 2021 and hopefully can rebuild his trade value before that time. It was initially thought the Blue Jays would try and move him and or Marcus Stroman before this trade deadline, however, Stroman will foreseeably be the only one leaving.
The glass half outlook would be that Sanchez can only go up from here, however, it should happen be from the bullpen, not the starting rotation.