Rapelling from the top of the 22-story Landmark Building on Sunday night didn’t change Brian Cashman’s mind about trading Gary Sanchez. Nor did zip-lining across Broad Street to Atlantic Street.
And after Jose Feliciano offered a wonderful version of “Feliz Navidad” at a tree-lighting ceremony in nearby Latham Park, the Yankees’ general manager remained adamant Sanchez will remain the Yankees’ catcher. He added there was no truth to the chatter that he has talked trade with other clubs regarding the 26-year-old, who experienced a brutal 2018 season that was hampered by two trips to the disabled list with groin issues.
In October, Cashman said Sanchez would return behind the plate in 2019 and doubled down on that a week ahead of MLB’s winter meetings that open Sunday in Las Vegas, where trade rumors will outnumber the amount of money poured into slot machines.
“I always say follow my words,’’ Cashman said after the Heights & Lights event concluded. “Anybody who says otherwise, right now they would be wrong — although I have been asked. If you talk to teams, they would say he has been asked.’’
Last week a report surfaced that the Yankees were among several teams talking to the Marlins about acquiring catcher J.T. Realmuto, which Cashman said wasn’t true.
“False, completely false,’’ Cashman said. “I saw that somebody had written that we had offered for Realmuto. That is completely false.’’
Cashman expects Sanchez’s third big-league season will be closer to his first, and he will deliver the production he did during a two-month gig in 2016, when he finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year race thanks to 20 homers, 42 RBIs and a 1.032 OPS in 53 games.