Oh Duaner, Duaner, Duaner. He's not quite the Greg Jeffries of the Mets bullpen, but he's fallen just as far off the Mets radar as Jeffries did back in the early 90's.
A guy who was once considered a possible replacement for Billy Wagner is now no longer employed. The Mets today announced that they released Duaner Sanchez and broke the news to him this morning so he could enjoy his afternoon in Port St. Lucie taking in the sights.
I do fully expect Sanchez to get picked up by another major league team, specifically the Brewers. Come on, he's one of Willie's "guys." What better bullpen could you ask for than Mota & Sanchez in the 8th & 9th innings?
In any case, Duaner Sanchez has been a huge letdown ever since that ill-fated cab ride he took a couple years back that ended his season in 2006. If you think about it, that cab ride started the downward spiral for the Mets. They were forced to trade Nady for another reliever. Nady goes on to be a fantastic outfielder while the Mets bullpen continues to implode and they lack a reliable person to play in left field. Ah, the irony.
With Sanchez headed to unemployment, it looks like Brian Stokes will probably fill his spot in the bullpen, but with the additions of Putz & K-Rod, Sanchez's role was not what it once would have been. The same can be said for his career.