June 29, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez (15) reacts during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The Miami Marlins have optioned first baseman Gaby Sanchez to Triple-A, reports Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post.
Following tonight's game the #Marlins optioned Gaby Sanchez to triple A New Orleans.— joe capozzi (@joecapMARLINS) July 4, 2012
The Marlins acquired veteran first baseman Carlos Lee from the Houston Astros due to Sanchez’s poor performance over the first half of the season.
Sanchez, 28, only mustered a line of .202/.250/.306 with three home runs, 10 doubles and 17 RBIs over his 183 at-bats. He’s been consistently bad for the season, posting OPSs of .576, .484, and .496 in April, May, and June.
Over his five seasons with the Marlins, Sanchez owns a career line of .260/.334/.422. He hit 38 home runs and 72 doubles from 2010-11, and maintained an OPS of .779 last season.
The Marlins, who currently own an overall record of 39-42, are hoping Lee can help solve their offensive woes at first base. The 36-year-old has hit at a clip of .287/.336/.411 with 21 extra-base hits and 29 RBIs this season.
Will Gaby Sanchez be the Marlins starting first baseman Opening Day 2013?