Jose Trevino in red as no new Yankees contract coming for him

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The future of All-Star catcher Jose Trevino with the Yankees has come into question. Anthony Franco of MLB Trade Rumors has flagged him as a potential non-tender candidate this offseason.

There are lingering concerns about Jose Trevino’s durability and productivity. The team’s decision on whether to tender him a contract for 2024 or cut ties will be an interesting situation to monitor. Rather than pay Jose Trevino a projected $3 million in arbitration, the Yankees could decide to reallocate resources toward other roster needs.

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Jose Trevino's walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning secured the Yankees' 7-6 victory on May 3, 2023, at Yankee Stadium.

The New York Yankees are poised for significant changes this offseason following their 82-win season in 2023. The organization, under the guidance of owner Hal Steinbrenner, is committed to making both roster and organizational adjustments. Yankees’ star Aaron Judge has expressed his desire for the team to undergo a transformation, ensuring that the 2024 season will bring a different look.

Jose Trevino’s playing time was limited in 2023, as injuries kept him off the field for stretches. If the Yankees have doubts about Trevino’s ability to fully rebound from his health issues, they may opt to stick with Kyle Higashioka while giving top prospect Austin Wells an extended look behind the plate.

While there is a chance that the Yankees may non-tender Jose Trevino, it is more probable that he will stay with the team in 2024. His All-Star status in 2022 and his Gold Glove Award make him a valuable asset, and even if he were to depart, he would likely find a new opportunity swiftly.

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Last season, Jose Trevino suffered a torn TFCC ligament, which is responsible for connecting the bones in the forearm to the wrist, providing support and stability. Throughout the 30-year-old had struggled to replicate his impressive performance from the 2022 season, during which he was an All-Star Game participant and earned a Gold Glove Award. This year, he has played in 55 games, batting .210/.257/.312 (58 OPS+), with four home runs and 15 RBI.

According to Baseball Reference’s calculations, his contributions have been worth approximately 0.5 Wins Above Replacement. In the meantime, 25-year-old Ben Rortvedt, who was acquired as part of a trade with the Minnesota Twins in spring 2022, replaced him behind the plate.

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