With multiple catchers injured, the New York Mets are bringing in veteran Gary Sanchez, according to multiple reports Thursday.
The Mets signed Sanchez May 9, a week after he left a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. He also reportedly could have canceled the last contract if he hadn’t been brought to the Majors by Friday.
Sanchez, a two-time All-Star, has 154 career home runs, including 33 seasons and 34 home runs with the New York Yankees, for whom he played for seven years. He was then traded to the Minnesota Twins ahead of the 2022 season.
In 128 games for the Twins, Sanchez hit a .205/.282/.377 slash line, with 16 homers and 61 RBIs.
The Mets lost starting catcher Omar Narvaez to a left calf injury in early April, resulting in rookie Francisco Alvarez coming from the Minors. Alvarez and veteran Tomas Nido combined for a .178 hit with four homers and 10 RBIs for the Mets.
Nido has not played since May 5 and is on the injured list with dry eye syndrome.
Catcher Michael Perez, who joined the Mets on May 10, is 4-of-7 in two games.
The Mets are third in the National League East, 22-23, six games behind leaders Atlanta Braves. New York lost two of three games this week to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays and wraps up its six home games starting Friday with three games against the Cleveland Guardians.