Jose Trevino eyes instant impact, vows to win Boone’s trust as Yankees’ catcher

Jose Trevino is ready to fight for a Yankees' roster spot

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Jose Trevino, a standout performer with a Platinum Glove distinction and an unexpected All-Star nod in 2022, entered his second season with the Yankees amid heightened anticipation following his initial success. During a talk with the NY Daily News journalist Gary Phillips, Trevino stated that he is “ready” to contribute and assist the team in achieving success this season.

What happened to Jose Trevino?

Jose Trevino as a Yankees' catcher
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However, Jose Trevino encountered a setback due to a right wrist injury that affected his performance from spring training until July 17, marking his final appearance in the 2023 season. Limited to just 55 games, the 31-year-old underwent season-ending surgery for his triangular fibrocartilage complex ligament.

Over the recent weekend, Trevino provided updates on his recovery, expressing optimism about his progress. Brushing off inquiries about potential restrictions in spring training, he confidently asserted his readiness to return to action.

“I’m itching,” Trevino remarked during an autograph signing event at New Jersey’s American Dream mall. “I’m itching.”

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone praises Jose Trevino

Aaron Boone as a Yankees manager
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During the Winter Meetings, Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone acknowledged Jose Trevino’s positive offseason progress and expressed eagerness to have him back on the field.

Boone emphasized Jose Trevino’s significant absence in the team’s lineup last year and underscored his importance to both the team’s performance and clubhouse dynamics.

“The loss of him last year was enormous for us,” Boone said. “I don’t want to understate how important I think Jose is to our team and to our clubhouse — what a force he is in our room — and we missed that.”

The Yankees’ catching dynamics have undergone notable shifts since Trevino’s last appearance on the field. Departures include Kyle Higashioka, traded to the Padres as part of the Juan Soto deal, and the emergence of Ben Rortvedt as Gerrit Cole’s preferred catcher. Additionally, newcomers Carlos Narvaez and Agustin Ramirez have joined the 40-man roster, while prospects like Ben Rice have shown promise in the farm system.

Threat to Jose Trevino? Praised by Boone, Austin Wells ready to fight for Yankees roster

One significant addition to the catching roster is Austin Wells, a highly touted prospect who earned a late-season promotion in 2023. While Wells is primarily valued for his batting prowess, his defensive skills improved steadily, making him a contender for increased playing time.

Austin Wells declared to Bryan Hoch on Monday that he’s aiming to secure the starting catcher role for the Yankees this season, confident he can earn the job despite competition.

Boone echoed praise for Wells, commending his defensive progress and indicating his potential to compete for a starting role in the upcoming season.

Given their respective strengths and contributions, a shared workload between Jose Trevino and Austin Wells appears likely for the upcoming season, assuming both remain healthy. Trevino’s defensive expertise and veteran leadership make him an asset behind the plate, particularly as Cole’s preferred catcher. Meanwhile, Wells’ left-handed batting power provides versatility to Boone’s lineup strategies.

Austin Wells throws out Houston Astros’ Jeremy Pena on a bunt.
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Rortvedt remains in contention, although his limited offensive impact and lack of minor league options may prompt trade considerations before the roster finalization.

As players gear up for the season, discussions among catchers about integrating with the pitching staff, particularly newcomer Marcus Stroman, underscore the team’s collaborative efforts to optimize performance.

Trevino and Wells express optimism about the team’s prospects, fueled by strategic acquisitions and a shared commitment to success, echoing a collective ambition to contend for a World Series championship in the upcoming season.

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  1. Trevino needs to be ready to pass the torch to Wells, accept him getting less than 50% of the starts, and accept that he will be coming in for defensive purposes on a regular basis when he doesn’t start.

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