Plan A: Brian McCann
McCann has been a model of consistency for nearly a decade, having played in at least 102 games and belting at least 18 home runs every year since 2006. While the batting average and on-base percentage are a little suspect, McCann is a reliable thump in the middle of the order and an unquestioned leader in the clubhouse and behind the plate.
Austin Romine has logged a lot of time in the minors — nine years to be exact — with only brief moments in the big leagues (his longest stint was 60 games in 2013). It’s slightly impressive that the Yankees have been able to hang on to him for so long, but the 27-year-old backstop has the backup job … for now. Romine doesn’t have the offensive acumen the Yankees are accustomed to, but he can handle himself defensively and can call a game. Those are just a couple of the reasons why they chose Romine over Gary Sanchez for the backup role, but perhaps the real reason was so the Yankees could gain another year of control on Sanchez before he’s eligible for free agency. If McCann goes down at any point, expect Sanchez to come up and possibly split time with Romine as the starter.