The New York Mets have been struggling for offensive power, why wouldn't they add a proven Major League hitter with over 150 homer runs in the last 8 years, especially a catcher? Well, Mets' general manager Billy Eppler may want to consult his crosstown friend, Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman on this one.

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The Mets signed former Bronx Bomber Gary Sanchez on May 9th a minor league contract. Sanchez was assigned to Triple-A Syracuse. Sanchez has hit well over his first 8 games and as of Friday, must be either put on the Major League roster or given his outright release.

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It looks like the Mets have made their decision. According to Anthony Rieber of newsday.com, Sanchez will be called up on Friday. Over 8 games in Syracuse, Sanchez has hit .308 with 1 home run and 5 RBI. Though, those are decent numbers. Is the addition of Sanchez the best thing for Buck Showalter and the New York Mets right now?

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Gary Sanchez was one of the most frustrating players of Brian Cashman's tenure as general manager. Sanchez was eventually dumped by the Yankees in a trade with the Minnesota Twins last season, who eventually gave the less-than-stellar defensive catcher his ultimate release back in December. The 2-time All Star has consistently tantalized organizations with his powerful bat. However, Sanchez's lack of skills behind the plate, mixed with frustrating effort levels at times and a sub .205 batting averages over the last 3 seasons, find him scrambling for a MLB roster spot in 2023. The San Francisco Giants had signed Sanchez prior to the Mets. They released him on May 2nd. Now the 30-year old catcher is returning to the Big Apple.

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The New York Mets rookie catcher Francisco Alvarez cannot be fond of this move. The young power hitter is coming off of his biggest moment in a Mets uniform and Eppler decides to bring Sanchez into the mix two days later. Does the move make the Mets better? It could. It is certainly a lightning-in-a-bottle type move for the Mets GM. Buck needs more power in the lineup. If Sanchez can be halfway-decent behind the plate, 1 or 2 games a week, the Mets would be thrilled. If he pushes the young Alvarez to be better, that's not such a bad thing either. However...

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Now, what are the chances of all of this working out for Sanchez? Pretty close to none but there is a chance. Free agent catcher Omar Narvaez, who signed last winter, is set to return from the Injured List. He and Mets long-standing back-up Tomas Nido are expected to begin minor-league-rehab starts in the next 10 days. So, if Sanchez wants to stick around, the Kraken, as nicknamed by Cashman, had better get off to a red-hot start for Showalter and the Mets. Eppler does have the option of sending their star-prospect Alvarez back to Syracuse. What would that do for the young player's confidence? Mets fans will have to wait and find out.

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