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Marlins demote Gaby Sanchez to Triple-A New Orleans

Jul 4, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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Gaby Sanchez not only lost his starting job in Wednesday afternoon’s Carlos Lee deal. He was also stripped of his major league roster spot.

According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins optioned Sanchez down to Triple-A New Orleans less than 20 minutes after their 7-6 extra-innings victory over the Brewers.

The 28-year-old first baseman has posted a brutal .202/.250/.306 batting line with just three home runs and 17 RBI in 196 plate apperances this season. It’s a slump that dates back to the middle of the 2011 campaign.

Lee is going to serve as Miami’s starter at first base going forward — likely through the end of 2012.

Sanchez will have to impress on the farm in order to climb back up and claim a bench job in the second half.

  1. retaeyssup - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Demoted even after he hit the game tying homer off Axford in the 9th!! He’ll be back. I’m no Miami fan, but he a lot of potential to be good.

    • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Yes, but Scrooge McLoria expressed his appreciation for the homer by paying for Gaby’s plane ticket to New Orleans with the money he saved on Lee’s salary.

      • gl2006 - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:21 AM

        Yeah, the Marlins should overlook his .556 OPS over 366 ABs because he hit a single home run. Damn that Loria for trying improve his team!

  2. retaeyssup - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    *has

  3. Old Gator - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    The graffiti was on the wall. He’s been unable to get going at the plate at all this season and hasn’t been an effective hitter since after last season’s all star break. That resolves the problems of what to do with two of the three sub-Mendoza hitters on the team; the issue of Black Hole Buck, with his absurdly inflated contract, will be much tougher to solve. Carlos Lee will be a superior fill-in for Gaby but, let’s face it, the Feesh need to start thinking hard about where their future first baseman is going to come from.

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