It’s been a very silent offseason so far for the New York Yankees, much to the chagrin of their fans who have been so used to seeing the franchise reach down their seemingly bottomless pocket to spend on key free-agent acquisitions. The noise from the Bronx Bombers could even come in the form of a trade involving catcher Gary Sanchez, though that’s likely a long shot if you ask Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.
Yes, I could see that happening if they find the right market for him. However, the catching market is pretty thin in general right now. There was some catcher movement in November (Jacob Stallings to Miami, Roberto Perez to Pittsburgh, Yan Gomes to Chicago) that limits the options even more once the lockout is over.
Sanchez could have gone to arbitration this year, but was instead signed by the Yankees to a one-year $6.35 million deal back in January. With that contract about to expire, New York tendered him a contract late last month.
The 29-year-old Dominican has underwhelmed at the plate over the past two seasons. He batted .147 in 2020 then slashed .204/.307/.423 in the 2021 campaign. But despite those numbers, the Yankees would be wise to try to keep him, given the slim market for catchers.
Right now, outside of Sanchez, the Yankees only have Kyle Higashioka on their catcher depth chart.