Robinson Chirinos signs minor-league deal with Yankees
Kyle Higashioka is Yankee ace Gerrit Cole's personal catcher, although Robinson Chirinos did catch Cole in 2019 when they were members of the Astros. Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees have reached a minor-league agreement with free-agent catcher Robinson Chirinos, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Chirinos, 36, has been a very good offensive catcher since he earned a regular role with the Rangers in 2014, but he hit free agency at an inopportune time this winter after a rough campaign divided between Texas and the Mets. Chirinos put up only a .162/.232/.243 line with one home run and an ISO of .081 in 82 plate appearances. Those numbers paled in comparison to the .235/.331/.445 mark with 85 HRs that Chirinos managed in 1,953 PA between the Rangers and Astros in the previous six seasons.

Chirinos has never been known as a major defensive asset, but if the Yankees are confident he’ll rebound at the plate, he could push Kyle Higashioka for their backup role behind starter Gary Sanchez. Higashioka is ace Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher, although Chirinos did catch Cole in 2019 when they were members of the Astros.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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