OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma City Baseball Club announced a trade with Sacramento Baseball Club just minutes before the 2032 Championship Baseball Association trade deadline.
In the deal, OKBC receives outfielder Jose Sanchez in return for outfielder Shinrikiyaru Yoshimoto and a 2034 3rd round draft pick. If Sanchez, who is in his contract year, does not resign with OKBC this season, Yoshimoto and the 3rd round pick are to be returned to OKBC in return for OKBC’s 2034 4th rounder.
In 91 Premier League games this season with SAC and Indianapolis, Sanchez is hitting .302 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI.
Yoshimoto is currently hitting .290 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 31 games.
The addition of Sanchez is an upgrade I the outfield for the Mammoths who sit in third in the SL standings, five games behind first-place Iowa. The Mammoths have one of the worst offenses in the SL entering the week, a problem General Manager Will Owens told media would be addressed at the deadline.
“We explored multiple options and were close to a handful of deals,” Owens said. “At the end of the day, the flexibility that this trade offer from Sacramento granted us was what tipped the scales.”
Yoshimoto is set to make $8.5 million next season and $9.0 million through 2035. Sanchez is on a $7.0 million deal that ends this season.
“Our goal when making this trade was to be able to resign Sanchez after the season,” Owens stated. “We really like Jose as a player and hope to keep him a Mammoth for the remainder of his career.”
Owens declined to comment on any other specific deals that fell through in the final moments of the deadline, but he did say OKBC was in talks with at least two other PL teams as well as a BL team in regard to upgrading the outfield and the offense.
Sanchez is expected to be in the starting lineup as soon as he arrives in OKBC and is expected to wear No. 19 since catcher Devon Dombrowski wears the No. 9 jersey that Sanchez wore for Sacramento.