June 13, 2021

Yankees catcher plan becomes clear with Erik Kratz signing (New York Post)

The Yankees are unlikely to go outside the organization to replace Austin Romine.

The Post’s Joel Sherman reported that all indications are the Yankees will make Kyle Higashioka their backup catcher behind Gary Sanchez after Romine signed a one-year, $4.1 million deal with the Tigers.

Higashioka, 29, is out of options and Yankees bosses — intrigued by his pitch framing and power potential —  have wanted to give him a chance. The Yankees had been linked to Jason Castro and Martin Maldonado, who was Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher with the Astros.

The Yankees did re-sign 40-year-old Erik Kratz on Friday as organizational depth on Friday. Kratz played briefly for the Yankees in 2017 and was in their minor-league system for parts of the past two seasons.

Kratz can provide depth on the 40-man roster. Higashioka’s backup role could be pivotal as Sanchez has spent significant time on the disabled the past two seasons.

Higashioka is .164 career hitter in the big leagues with six home runs in 146 at-bats. Higashioka did hit 20 home runs in 70 games for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre last season.

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