Rey Sanchez, a journeyman infielder known more for his glove than his bat, was signed as a free agent by the Mets prior to the 2003 season. The Mets planned to use him as a placeholder until Jose Reyes, their top shortstop prospect, was ready to make the jump to the majors. As it turned out Sanchez’s poor showing at the plate helped speed up Reyes accent to the Majors. Sanchez played steady defense but his batting average kept hovering around the Mendoza line. In the middle of June with Sanchez nursing an injury and his average at just .225 the Mets promoted Reyes and the rest as they say is history. They tried Sanchez at second base but the results were pretty much the same and by the end of July the Mets traded Sanchez to the Seattle Mariners.
In 56 games for the Mets Sanchez hit .207 with 12 RBIs. He would go on to play another two seasons before retiring after the 2005 season.
While with the Mets Sanchez wore number 10.
Rey Sanchez also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 1991-1997
New York Yankees – 1997, 2005
San Francisco Giants – 1998
Kansas City Royals – 1999-2001
Atlanta Braves – 2001
Boston Red Sox – 2002
Seattle Mariners – 2003
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2004