It was reported earlier Tuesday the Yankees may be in on the J.T. Realmuto trade talks, but GM Brian Cashman killed that idea right away during his media availabilty.
According to multiple reports, Cashman isn't pursuing a starting catcher, and is committed to Gary Sanchez staying in the position for the 2019 season.
Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees highly value Sanchez and prefer his four years of control to Realumuto's two.
The reason some may have believed the Yankees would want a change at the catching position stems from Sanchez' tumultuous season in 2018. He hit a dreadful .186/.291/.406 with 18 homers and 53 RBI over 89 games, as he battled trips to the DL with groin injuries.
Sanchez was also a liability behind the plate for most of the season, allowing 18 passed balls which led the entire MLB. He also led the league in that category in 2017 as well, with 16 on the year.
However, it is too early to give up on the 26-year-old considering he had an All-Star 2017 campaign that including a Silver Slugger Award. He hit .278/.345/.531 with 33 homers and 90 RBI, and has proven to be a dangerous bat at Yankee Stadium.
For now, it appears Cashman likes his current setup with Sanchez starting, and Austin Romine backing him up. Romine saw a boost in his offensive production last season with career highs in average (.244), home runs (10), and RBI (42) as Sanchez' absence helped those numbers.