Off to a historic start with the New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez’s value will never be higher.

Is it fair to say that this is the best start to a career in baseball history? Well, anyone with logical reason would most likely come to that solution.

Without going on an incredibly unsuccessful tangent attempting to describe the indescribable, let’s just provide the numbers, which, in large part, should tell the story.

Gary Sanchez, a 23-year-old rookie phenom, who should deservingly take home AL Rookie of the Year honors, has slashed an astounding .337/.410/.747 with 19 homers and 38 RBIs in his first 45 career games. Yes, 45 games. Unbelievably, 19 — yes, 19 — home runs.

Has that ever been done? No. Never.

What Sanchez has accomplished is simply unfeasible. Continuing at this rate, or three-quarters of it, would be unquestionably legendary.

With that said, it is not safe to assume it will continue. Sorry, Yankees’ faithful.

At the moment, anyone — and I mean anyone — would budge on this kid. Too lofty a ceiling resulting from a start which may or may not be fool’s gold.

What anyone can generally fathom — or do not want to believe — is a great talent off to an outlandish start which cannot possibly be sustained.

Until it stops, though, who will not desire the services of this prodigy?

Sure, it is extremely difficult to draw the fine line when it comes to value, particularly with a sample size that consists of two months. Is this guy Ruthian? Has he simply defied all odds on a path towards becoming a formidable big league catcher?

After all, there is reason as to why he was no more than a solid .275 power bat over his seven seasons as a farmhand.

Here are the crucial questions you need to ask yourself from a Yankees organizational perspective:

If Billy Eppler dialed Brian Cashman and offered Mike Trout, a 25-year-old face of baseball, for Sanchez, do you do it?

If Michael Hill rung up the Yankees’ GM and offered Jose Fernandez, the epitome of an ace which the Yankees so desperately desire to climb over the hump in 2017 and beyond, does the well-respected GM take the deal?

If Farhan Zaidi made a bold call which featured a discussion involving Clayton Kershaw, a once-in-a-generation starting pitcher, do you entertain it?

Just how “untouchable” is Sanchez? Is he as valuable to the franchise — one with two proven catchers — as a brilliant five-tool player, dynamic stopper, or untouchable southpaw would be?

For New York, it is no longer about the rebuild-in-disguise, pulling off 85 wins per year while retooling for the future. It is about winning now, and in a prompt, ultimately swift, fashion.

For everyone who wanted the Yankees to flip their Chicago-induced trade deadline returns — Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, etc. — for a guy with the stature of a Chris Sale, a Sanchez swap would not merely be gold, it would be platinum.

At this rate, the Yanks can land Fernandez and then some — big league proven commodities who can aid a championship drive.

The key phrase is “at this rate.” They cannot and should not wait for a return to normalcy before seizing the opportunity to strike.

At season’s end, Gary Sanchez will be the most coveted player in baseball. If the Yankees do not gauge interest, they will be doing themselves a massive disservice.

Most importantly, they are the ones in the driver’s seat. They have the unique, yet undetermined, Hollywood story that everyone wants a piece of.

If Cashman does not hear exactly what he wants, he can stonewall each executive in pursuit of baseball’s greatest prize.

At the very least, he can say that he tried.


16 COMMENTS

  1. I SAY DO NOT TRADE SANCHEZ, WAIT UNTIL 2018 AND BUY THE FREE AGENTS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE WITH THE MONEY SAVED ON C. C. AND A ROD LEAVING. TEX WILL ALREADY BE GONE THGAT IS OVER 60 MIL TO SPEND.

  2. What are you insane to have the best local product hitter since Don Mattingly, Mickey Mantle or Lou Gehrig is not only stupid but crazy. The team has him for the next 5 years until his free Agency time? If the Yankees wants an Ace like Keyshaw or Jose Fernandez they have plenty of other players. I even make a package of McCann, Hicks or Judge and Torreyes for an Ace like Clayton Kershaw or Jose Fernandez or make no trade just wait for Geo Gonzales to be a FA 2017. To build you a pitching staff around Kershaw, Jose Fernandez or Gio Gonzales mixed in with Tanaka, Sabathia and rookie Justus Sheffield etc…

  3. Didn’t couple of teams in financial trouble sell a player named George Ruth and later regret it?

    (The Baltimore Orioles, an independent minor league team, sold him first and then the Red Sox did).

  4. Sorry about the rookie of the year award but 45 games is not enough to qualify as rookie of the year. Furthermore in 7 minor league seasons he only hit 99 home runs. When the league has its off season and can look at how he is hitting he will not be hitting home runs and for average next year. There is a reason he was in the minor for 7 seasons where he batted .275.

    • 130 at bats are what qualifies him and considering his competition, he has a good shot taking the award. Also while we can’t expect him to keep it up but as long his numbers are in Posada level with good defense, I’d take it.

      Keep in mind, Cano’s minor league average was .278.

      • There are other players and one of them is on Cleveland.(I am not a Cleveland fan) and that is Tyler Naquin who has 318 at bats and Cleveland came in first. Another is Michael Fulmer of Detroit who stepped in and has gone when Detroit had injuries and became the second in rotation and has gone 11 wins 7 losses and if he pitches 3 more innings he can win the ERA title. He also went 27 innings once this year without giving up a run.

        • Cleveland’s placing doesn’t necessarily guarantee anything. Naquin’s overall number doesn’t stand up to what Sanchez did which leaves Fulmer as the best competition for the award. Even then it the numbers weren’t that overwhelming to give him the chance to win it that easily but I can see him getting votes to give him a shot for the award at least. Gary Sanchez has a good shot taking this one however as he has enough at bats to qualify.

          • You do realize Fulmer was called up from the minors and the Tigers hadn’t planned on his early arrival except for injuries. When he came in he stabilized the Tigers pitching and has been up their all year. Sanchez was called up for 2 months and yes he did get 20 home runs but only had 42 RBI’s and he came down from cloud 9 in September only hitting .242. He had one great month and cooled down in his 2nd month to the not very good .242 average. You cannot win the rookie of the year award by having one good month.

          • More than the issue of the Rookie of the Year award, I am concerned that this great drop-off in September would be more telling of what kind of player he is. He didn’t even finish with a .300 average after being at .400 after his first few weeks in August. However, as he is a catcher, that is a very valuable commodity and I say, don’t trade him. Even if he turns out to be a .260 to .270 hitter with 20 homers (at best) over a full season, that would be a solid young player behind the plate.

          • Yes he did drop off and probably the reason was pitchers learned how to pitch to him. Going into next season they will even compile more on him and for a guy who hit .275 and had 99 home runs in 7 seasons in the minors he probably will return to his minor totals but as far as hitting .275 I doubt that. He might be a .230, .240 hitter but the Yankees already have Brian McCann and Romine and you don’t carry three catchers. There had to be a reason he was in the minors for 7 years. Players who are in the minors for that long are usually part time players as the trend is to try and get them to the big club as soon as possible because they are not helping the big club while playing in the minors.

          • It’s also because he was signed at the age of 16 and would need time to develop. It’d be tough for any player to even make it to the league before he’s 20. It’s not like the guy is over 25 when he was called up. There’s a reason why he had been well regarded for some time even hitting .275 in the minors.

            If he can take his time to adjust to the pitchers next season to curb what caused the dropoff, he should be fine. I’m worried about whether or not he can remain healthy enough to be able to do so, like what happened to Bird who should have been getting some more experience this season before the spring training injury happened.

          • I don’t know if you should have expected him to get more RBIs with the amount of games he played this season. The home runs admittingly are unexpected and will not be replicated but when it comes to the RBIs, it’s somewhat more in the norm when it comes to the pace. Yeah it would have been nice had it been higher but after he came up the Yankees offense actually gotten better and puts them right back into the wildcard picture until September when he began to cool down.

            Keep in mind he actually picked it back up before cooling off again so there is a chance he can learn to adjust as he had shown some signs that time. Next season will give him plenty of time for him to do just that as long he remains healthy. As for ROY, even then Fulmer wasn’t impressive enough for it to help net him the award considering what Sanchez had done. I do consider Fulmer to be the strongest competition for the award but don’t be surprised if Sanchez takes it. Either way we can expect them to take the top 2.

  5. You’re not getting any of those players for Sanchez or any other package of players with him. They have track records and are superstar stud players. He is hot for a month when no one has ever seen him before. It’s almost not even worth responding to this article/blog whatever it’s so much fanboi bad… remember how Jesus Montero was the second coming, and Hughes, Banuelos, etc. Until you have gotten through at least 1.5 years without being exposed, you have not made it. Xander Bogaerts and Mike Trout had big slumps before being great. Best you can hope for is trading your hot prospect for a solid established player or someone elses hot prospect.

    • Keep in mind, Montero’s problem was a combination of injury, PED suspensions (including his recent one), and neglected work ethics which he himself admitted to. If Sanchez gets hurt, that’s when I’d be worried.