The Yankees may have found their answer at backup catcher, as MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports the team has agreed to a minor league deal with veteran Chris Iannetta on Thursday. WFAN's Sweeny Murti had the Yankees close to a deal.
Iannetta brings 14 years of MLB experience to the Yankees, having spent time with the Rockies, Angels, Mariners and Diamondbacks over his career. However, being on that minor league deal, he isn't being guaranteed that backup role behind Gary Sanchez.
Kyle Higashioka and Eric Kratz are also on the roster, and will vie with Iannetta for that spot on the 26-man roster. Iannetta, though, does have the upper hand given his experience and better numbers.
Serving as the backup to Rockies C Tony Wolters last season, Iannetta slashed .222/.311/.417 with six home runs and 21 RBI over 52 games behind the plate.
On the defensive side of things, Iannetta's framing has dipped to the 28th percentile, which is well below average according to Baseball Savant. Also, he was -7 in defensive runs saved last year, after being a -8 in 2018.
But the 36-year-old is a veteran presence the Yankees could add to their clubhouse if he makes the team out of Spring Training.