Gary Sanchez remains the Yankees’ catcher of the present and the future. General manager Brian Cashman has made that clear since Sanchez arrived in The Bronx.
The Yankees are less certain, though, about who his backup will be.
Austin Romine has filled that position for the past four years and is entering free agency for the first time. Further complicating matters is the fact that Kyle Higashioka is out of options, meaning the Yankees can’t send him down to the minors next season without putting him through waivers.
Cashman said on Thursday he remains engaged with Romine’s agents, but was also adamant that the organization is fine with Higashioka as Sanchez’s primary backup.
It’s no small decision, considering Sanchez’s injury history. Earlier in the offseason, Cashman said one of the team’s goals was to try to figure out how to keep Sanchez, who has dealt with injures each of the past two seasons, healthy and productive throughout the season.
He had a left shoulder injury that led to a horrific 2018 season, and his bounceback in 2019 was hurt by calf and groin issues.
The Yankees will weigh whether more rest and days off may help Sanchez, meaning Romine or…