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Yadier Molina Is Just What the Yankees Need

Gary Sanchez hasn’t been able to recapture the spark he had in 2016/2017 and with time running out, should the Yankees replace him?

Gary Sanchez has not worked out in the Bronx. His atrocious 2020 campaign certainly won’t do much to bring the Yankees any value in a trade leaving the Yankees with very little options at catcher looking ahead to 2021.

Yadier Molina
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Right now the Yankees solution at catcher is unclear. Kyle Higashioka was impressive in October, but there are questions if he will be able to maintain that kind of offense production through a 162 game season. This presents the perfect opportunity for the Yankees to bring in an all-time great defensive catcher, St. Louis Cardinals legend Yadier Molina.

Although Molina’s bat has slowed down a bit over the years they would be getting a true defensive aficionado. This is something the Bombers have been missing for 45 years since Thurman Munson in 1975 – the last Gold Glove by a Yankee catcher. Molina on the other hand has won the award nine times including eight in a row between 2008 and 2015.

And although 38 years old, Molina is the perfect man for the job. Not only will you have your short-term solution behind the plate, but you could also have a situation where Molina mentors Sanchez for the future. Any other option at catcher would more likely than not require the team to trade some of their top-level prospects, something this team has been hesitant to do in the past.

Acquiring Molina will buy the Yankees time to make a decision for beyond 2021 and provide them with great defense and an above-average bat behind the plate. Other than re-signing DJ LeMahieu, this should be the top priority for Cashman and co. Bringing in Molina will set this team up for long-term success at the catching position and could very well be the move that finally puts them over the top.

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