The Yankees’ catching situation heading into Opening Day got a little clearer this Saturday evening as the team traded pitchers Albert Abreu and Robert Ahlstrom to the Texas Rangers for catcher Jose Trevino.
Trevino, who just turned 29 in November and hails from Corpus Christi, Texas, was drafted by Texas in the 6th round of the 2014 draft out of Oral Roberts University. He has spent his entire professional career with the Rangers, having debuted in the majors on June 15, 2018. Since then, he’s appeared in 156 games and has hit .245/.270/.364/.634 (70 OPS+). Defense is where Trevino shines, having ranked third in the majors in Statcast framing runs last year:
He’ll slot in as the backup to Kyle Higashioka with Ben Rortvedt injured.
Albert Abreu–who, despite great stuff could never stick–is gone to Texas along with lefty Robert Ahlstrom, whom the Yankees picked in the 7th round in 2021. He was not on Baseball America’s top-40 Yankee prospects, but was the highest-unranked lefty pitcher:
The implication of the trade is clearly that the Yankees are doubling down on defense behind the dish in the wake of trading Gary Sanchez to the Twins. If nothing else, though, Trevino likely passes the ‘better than Rob Brantly’ test, so there’s that.
Welcome to the Bronx, Jose!