Feb 28, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (82) hits a solo home run during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Sanchez Doesn't Fear Being Traded

Gary Sanchez, the top prospect in the Yankees’ minor league system, has stated he doesn’t feel pressured from potential trade talks.

“I can’t think about that, I can only focus on my game,” Sanchez said. And with a home run against the Tigers Friday, he speaks the truth.

Arguably the second best catcher on the squad behind Brian McCann, Sanchez’s name has been mentioned as bait for other teams. With fellow catchers Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine and J.R. Murphy also on the roster, it has been assumed that Brian Cashman would try to unload at least one of the players. However, Gary Sanchez offers the most upside offensively, and has the most raw power of the quartet. While it is highly unlikely Sanchez earns an opening day slot, he has been viewed as the future backstop for the Yankees (he’s only 21, and McCann isn’t the picture of health).

Still, it’s nice to see the kid isn’t rattled by the front office. He knows he has a job to do, and has shown so far that he is hitting (pun not intended) his stride in his development. Joe Girardi and the rest of the team will closely monitor Sanchez’s progress; his performance foreshadows how long the other catchers will continue to wear Yankees pinstripes.

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  • Thomas Katona

    If the yanks can get another real good player to fill the weak spots it might be worth trading Murphy & Cervelli. Think it’s better to keep Sanchez.

    • ikkf

      After watching Montero’s career implode over in Seattle, I’ve become more skeptical of the hype surrounding Sanchez. Of course, I could be wrong about all that, but somehow I like Murphy’s makeup better than what I’ve heard about Sanchez.

  • Thomas Katona

    Also think keeping Nunez is a good idea also. For some reason I think he’s gonna come around & given more playing time at third he’ll do fine.

  • JoeDaBeast

    Let’s continue to build from within. Players seem to perform better for the team that drafts them if they know they will be given time to develop.