Cashman Discusses Yankees’ Catching Depth and Big Name PursuitsNovember 17, 2023
Need a catcher this holiday season? Call the Yankees. The team has six backstops on the roster, with names like Jose Trevino, Austin Wells, Kyle Higashioka, Carlos Narvaez, Ben Rortvedt, and Agustin Ramírez. Another prospect, Ben Rice, is not on the 40-man roster but had a breakout season. The Yankees’ deep catching depth has led to significant interest from other teams, as catching is perceived as a shallow position. Only some of the catchers have major league expertise, but the team looks primed for any choice. Brian Cashman, the GM, admitted they are exploring all their options for the upcoming season. The team might also be targeting big-name talent such as outfielder Cody Bellinger and Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto in free agency. The Yankees need to fill some coaching positions after several departures. Cashman expressed the team’s approach, emphasizing Aaron Boone’s role in the coaching decisions. The team has optimism heading into the off-season.