With Gary Sánchez set to miss two to three weeks with a Grade 1 left groin strain, the Yankees have done some shuffling to deal with his absence. They’ve added some catching depth in the upper minors and have a plan for deploying their catchers in the meantime.
Yankees Bring Back Arcía
A familiar face has re-joined the Yankees organization as they quietly signed Francisco Arcía to a minor-league deal Tuesday. He played for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday and was immediately transferred to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to play back-up to Erik Kratz.
It’s clear the Yankees didn’t make the move to grab Arcía based on offense, given his abysmal .181/.224/.213 (1 wRC+) slash-line in 51 games for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. It’s worth noting Arcía did suffer through a .218 BABIP in his time for Iowa, however.
Arcía was signed as an international amateur by the Yankees out of Venezuela in 2007.
Yankees Acquire Navarreto From Twins
When the Yanks left Minnesota last night, it seems they took more than just two of three games from the Twins. The team acquired catcher Brian Navarreto from the Twins Double-A affiliate in Pensacola. It’s unclear what the return was.
Navarreto is hitting .177/.229/.331 (61 wRC+) this season. It’s unclear where he will be assigned to begin his Yankees tenure.
Higashioka & Romine Will Split Time
“I think probably more of a split. I think you will see them both a lot,” manager Aaron Boone told reporters, including Randy J. Miller of NJ.com.
“I really feel like Higgy over the last year has come a long way as far him gaining confidence in our room, gaining confidence in developing those relationships with the pitchers. I think it’s something that we’ve really challenged him on to really be assertive with and I think he’s done a really good job with that. Coupled with that, Higgy is an elite receiver. Great hands behind the plate.”
“We feel like even though Gary being down obviously is a blow, we feel like in Higgy we have a guy capable of not only coming up here and filling in, but a guy capable of coming up here and thriving and having an impact on us winning games on both sides of the ball.”Aaron Boone, per Randy J. Miller (NJ.com)
It’s worth noting that Romine will be a free agent after the season, and the Yankees are essentially auditioning Higashioka for the full-time backup job next year. The team can obviously re-sign Romine but I find it highly likely that a team will promise him a starting job. That would leaves the Yankees the choice of Higashioka or bringing in an external guy.