Miami Marlins future bleak for Gaby Sanchez

If Gaby Sanchez plays in the majors again in 2012, it probably won’t be with the Miami Marlins. The Carlos Lee acquisition sent Sanchez back to Triple-A New Orleans, leaving his future with the organization nebulous at best.

Lee is a rental, so theoretically Sanchez could be back in Marlins spring training next February competing for his old job. Keeping him in the minors the rest of the season guarantees Sanchez would not become arbitration-eligible as a “Super Two.” The top 22 percent of players with between two and three years of service time qualifying for arbitration as Super Twos.

Sanchez’s service time is at 2 years, 134 days. That’s the precise cutoff for the next Super Two class, according to Creative Artists Agency’s (CAA) preseason estimation. Even if Sanchez has enough service time, players need to accrue at least 86 days the preceding season. Sanchez has totaled 72 this year.

If Sanchez somehow makes it back up and does qualify for arbitration, he wouldn’t be due a huge raise. Yet that money would be guaranteed whether Sanchez was in the majors or minors, so the Marlins probably would look to trade him or just not tender him a contract.

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