You can never have enough catching depth. Catchers get banged up all the time, whether it’s a foul tip to the mask or blocking a ball in the dirt, they get dinged up here and there. Well, the Yankees traded Francisco Cervelli this off-season already, the Yankees could use a catcher or two to get some depth.
According to BA’s Matt Eddy, the Yankees signed catcher Juan Graterol to a minor league deal.
— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) December 15, 2014
Graterol was in the Royals minor league system. The 25 year-old, between Double-A and Triple-A hit .278/.307/.387 with four homers and 30 RBI in 77 games. Graterol could help Gary Sanchez in Triple-A or Kyle Higashioka in Double-A to help tutor them and just give the Yankees some additional depth.
The Yankees have loaded up on minor league signings in the past and it netted them a guy like Yangervis Solarte last season, who they turned into Chase Headley. The point is, you never know what you can get.