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.