Mets Re-Sign Sanchez

Sanchez will be back at Citi Field
Sanchez will be back at Citi Field

Although the Mets have made major changes in the bullpen, one familiar face will be coming out to face batters. Avoiding arbitration, the organization re-signed reliever Duaner Sanchez to a one-year, $1,687,500 contract – a huge raise from the $950,000 he made in 2008.

After missing half of 2006 and all of 2007 with a broken shoulder, which he hurt in a taxi cab accident in Miami, Sanchez came back last season and was 5-1 with a 4.32 ERA in 66 relief appearances. He was also part of a bullpen that blew 29 of 72 save chances and he faded down the stretch, compiling an 8.64 ERA from Aug. 15 while allowing eight runs and 13 hits in 8 1-3 innings and letting opposing hitters bat .342.

General manager Omar Minaya expressed hope at the Winter Meetings that Sanchez will come back to pre-injury form after having a full year on the mound. Before he was hurt, the reliever was 5-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 49 appearances in 2006.

The Mets are expected to make the signing official tomorrow.

With the Sanchez signing the Mets have five remaining arbitration eligible players: right-hander John Maine, outfielder Ryan Church, reliever Pedro Feliciano and outfielders Jeremy Reed and Angel Pagan.

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