Yankees bring back catcher on minor-league deal, adding depth to weak spot

Alexander Wilson
rob brantley, yankees

The New York Yankees have several weak spots they have to address after the lockout ends, with one of them being catcher. General manager Brian Cashman extended a one-year offer to Gary Sanchez to avoid arbitration, paying him $8 million, a significant pay increase despite his deficiencies.

However, the Bombers recently retained catcher Rob Brantly on a minor league contract, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Brantly is a career backup, spending time with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season and making six appearances with the Yankees at the major league level. At 31-years-old, he posted a .150 average with just three hits during his short stint with the top team.

Given Sanchez and his inability to progress, the Yankees desperately need to find a long-term solution at catcher. Brantly is a decent insurance policy in case Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka are both injured, but otherwise represents nothing but a minor-league body.