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The New York Mets Sign Ace to 5 year Extension!

Nick Miller

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2026

The New York Mets announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement with Free Agent to be and top Starting Pitcher for their team, Ricardo Sanchez. The 29 year old and former 2021 waiver claim will be in a Mets uniform until the 2030 season and he will have a player option for the 2031 CLB season. The new deal will pay him $17,980,000 a season. If Ricardo continues his superb pitching, General Manager Nick Miller believes the deal will be a steal. "Ricardo earned this. When we first claimed him, we gave him some pitching adjustments and he listened. This just shows hard work pays off. He's played a huge part in the success of our rebuild."

The waiver claim was actually made by the Mets former General Manger but they are thankful he did. "When I was with Texas I was a terrified 24 year old. They gave me a chance for a month and then waived me. I never thought I'd pitch again" states Ricardo Sanchez. "And then I got a call from the Mets."

Fast forward a few years later and you have a star born right before our eyes. Although, it was not always sunny in paradise.The Venezuelan pitcher wanted to be a starting pitcher. He told the front office that was his goal, they did not agree. "We loved his stuff in all his pitches. We thought he could be our closer. He didn't agree" says Nick Miller. Despite going 4-3 and having a 2.54 ERA in 92 innings in 2023, Ricardo was not ready to give up on his goal of being a starter on a CLB ball club.




Ricardo came into the 2024 Spring Training camp to prove that he could be stretched out and be a consistent force in the Mets rotation. For a rebuilding team, anything is possible. He won the starting rotation spot by pitching a 6 hitter in his last game of Spring Training. Although, he would have 21 starts in 2024, the results were not pretty. He finished the season with a 5 win 11 loss record and an ERA over 5. "That year was my first year as General Manger. The odds were against us, new coaches and scouts have to take the time on everyone. It was tough but the kid just wanted to contribute", Miller remembers.

Ricardo Sanchez came into 2025 as the veteran. He was now 28 years old and thankful for another year to prove himself. "His main issue was that he was always in a hurry. That increased the number of walks he was giving up. We just told him to slow it down. He may have slowed down but his rise in the rotation skyrocketed. He appeared in 28 games and started all 28 of them in 2025. A career high of 164.1 innings lead him to a 12-6 record and an improved 3.29 ERA. This impressive season was showcased by being nominated to the National League All Star Game.


He has continued his success into the 2026 season where he 7-5 with a 2.84 ERA. "Baseball just started to become fun again. I need to trust my 4 Plus pitches and have fun" Ricardo said at Monday's press conference. The move was announced after Sanchez led the Mets to a 4-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched 6 innings on 92 pitches. He allowed no runs on 5 hits, lowering his season ERA to 2.64 and adding another notch for his win column.

His last 5 games played a huge part into why Nick was ready to offer an extension. The organization decided that they need an Ace they can depend on as they hope to be winners within the next few seasons. "Our prospects are close. We need to make the right moves."


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Ricardo Sanchez's last 5 starts. 3-0 record.

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