• Yanks Looking To Deal A Catcher?

    Posted by on March 3rd, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Via George King -

    In Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine, J.R. Murphy and Gary Sanchez, the Yankees have depth at a position a lot of organizations are naked at.

    With Brian McCann in the first season of a five-year deal worth $85 million, Cervelli, Romine and Murphy are competing for the backup job. Sanchez, 21, could start the season at Double-A Trenton.

    With major question marks at second (Brian Roberts) and third (Kelly Johnson), Yankees scouts are putting a heavy spring training emphasis at looking for infielders as well as relievers.

    The Yankees could deal Cervelli, who is out of options, or Romine, or Murphy. The Yankees, who gave the 21-year-old Sanchez $3 million to sign as a 16-year old, view him as a future everyday major league catcher.

    In my mind, Cervelli has got to go. He’s over-rated, talks too much, and has the PED scarlet letter.

    If the Yankees trade Austin Romine, I could see him, potentially, going down and having a Mike Health kind of career. Stress the potential – since I am not sold on Romine’s mental toughness. I think he has a little Phil Hughes in him.

    For some reason, I like John Ryan Murphy. And, I hope, somehow, he ends up as the Yankees back-up catcher this season. But, I know that he really hasn’t played much at Triple-A yet and has options. The odds are against him.

    Comments on Yanks Looking To Deal A Catcher?

    1. #15
      March 3rd, 2014 | 11:15 am

      It’s too early to deploy or dump Sanchez, but I think we’ll know one way or the other by the end of this year or 2015 at the latest. McCann’s signing gives us the luxury to let this prospect play out.

      Cisco is probably the best back-up we have right now, but I agree on his limitations, baggage, and marginal upside. He’ll never be an every day catcher. But, moving him now will weaken our 2014 chances, which I admit to perceiving as better than most on this site. I’m antsy about going into the season with Rome or Murph as the regular back-up. Unless someone will swap a top (read that as MLB ready) 3rd base, SS or 2nd base prospect, I’d hold on and see how the season looks.

    2. baseballbob
      March 3rd, 2014 | 11:24 am

      I like Murphy too; hope he stays with the organization. Any chance of trying him out at 3rd base, where he has played a few games in the minors?

    3. March 3rd, 2014 | 12:30 pm

      baseballbob wrote:

      I like Murphy too; hope he stays with the organization. Any chance of trying him out at 3rd base, where he has played a few games in the minors?

      Not sure. I know there’s talk of trying O’Brien there.

    4. March 3rd, 2014 | 12:32 pm

      @ #15:
      I would move Sanchez if it meant getting a sure thing back in return.

    5. Raf
      March 3rd, 2014 | 10:27 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      In my mind, Cervelli has got to go. He’s over-rated, talks too much, and has the PED scarlet letter.

      Cervelli also has had a couple of concussions.

      Romine would be a nice backup for someone, but who knows if his back is sound?

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