It appears the New York Yankees are considering all options this offseason — including trading their supposed catcher of the future.
The Yankees have had talks with the Miami Marlins about including Gary Sanchez in a trade for J.T. Realmuto, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported late Thursday. A deal doesn’t seem imminent, though, as Heyman reports New York has “resisted offering other top pieces” in a Sanchez-led package to Miami, which is hoping for a “major” return.
Sanchez has immense raw talent but battled injuries and inconsistency last season, hitting just .186 while playing in 89 games. Realmuto, meanwhile, has emerged as one of the best-hitting catchers in baseball and recorded career highs in home runs (21) and RBIs (74) last season while hitting .277.
The Yankees reportedly still hold the 25-year-old Sanchez in high regard, but Realmuto would give them better defense behind the plate while sacrificing a small amount of power for more offensive consistency.
Realmuto’s old Double-A coach, Andy Barkett, now is Boston’s assistant hitting coach, which could count for something, although the Red Sox’s thin farm system may prevent them from making a legitimate offer.
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