The Yankees have spent the early phases of the offseason hunting down starting pitching. They landed James Paxton before Thanksgiving, and today they hosted Patrick Corbin for a tour of Yankee Stadium. Pitching, pitching, and more pitching — that’s been the focus of the hot stove to date.
As it turns out, the team may have other ideas in mind. According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees are among a group of teams to engage the Marlins in trade talks for catcher J.T. Realmuto. Interestingly enough, the Bombers seem prepared to move Gary Sanchez in such a deal. The hangup apparently comes down to additional prospects.
“The issue with the Yankees’ talks apparently is that they still hold Gary Sanchez in high enough regard that they have resisted offering other top pieces in a package with Sanchez. The Marlins, who are run by ex-Yankee types (Derek Jeter, Gary Denbo) seem to like Sanchez as well but are hoping for a major package for Realmuto.”
Earlier this month, Kenny Crocker explored the idea of a catcher swap with Miami. He ultimately found out that such a move doesn’t make sense. Three weeks later, and it still doesn’t sound like a good idea.