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Fresh off the 2019 GM meetings in Scottsdale, Yankees GM Brian Cashman gave some added insight into the Yankees’ offseason plans on Thursday, including their plans at key depth areas.
The Yankees exec shared he would be “comfortable” using Kyle Higashioka as the primary backup catcher next season. Austin Romine, who has long served as primary catcher Gary Sanchez’ backup, is a free agent. Meanwhile Higashioka, 29, is out of options and can’t be sent down to the minor leagues without him clearing waivers.
“We feel he’s ready to go. Like a lot of aspects of our roster, we feel we have personnel that can do the job,” said Cashman. However, he did speak with Romine’s agents, Michael Moye and Billy Rose, while in Arizona. Romine has grown into a competent hitter — he’s hit 18 home runs and 77 RBI over his last 149 games stretching back to 2018.
Cashman confirmed that third baseman Gio Urshela’s spot at the hot corner is “his position to lose.”
“You can’t deny how great Gio played last year,” said Cashman. “Going into Spring Training he would have the leg up, just because of how he handled that position on both sides of the ball.” Urshela broke out in 2019, batting .314 with 25 home runs and dazzling defense at third.
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