Has Gary Sánchez played his final game in a Yankees uniform?
Former general manager Jim Bowden believes the backstop should be dealt this offseason and has the trade proposal to prove it.
In a piece earlier this week over at The Athletic, Bowden presented five different offseason moves that can point the Yankees in the right direction. We’ve already walked through Bowden’s idea for New York to trade for first baseman Matt Olson, so let’s dive into his proposal regarding Sánchez:
Trade top right-handed pitching prospects Deivi García and Yoendrys Gómez along with catcher Gary Sánchez to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for catcher Willson Contreras.
The Cubs are rebuilding and are in desperate need of pitching prospects with power arms. They can use Sánchez for a year, non-tender him or trade him. The key for them would be acquiring the pitching prospects. Contreras, 29, is still in his prime years and is coming off a season in which he reached base at a 34 percent clip with 21 home runs and 57 runs batted in which resulted in a bWAR of 4.1. He’s a free agent after the 2022 season.