Cashman: New catcher “likely” already with organization

I don’t want to say I told you so, but:

With Russell Martin heading to Pittsburgh, GM Brian Cashman has another player to replace, although he doesn’t anticipate making a big splash.

“It’s possible our catchers are on our roster right now,” Cashman said. “That is very well possible and more likely than not, but we’ll see.”

There could, of course, be better options, but that’s not necessarily likely to be the case if the Yankees don’t intend to make a push for Mike Napoli or A.J. Pierzynski. Truth be told, as annoying as it would be I don’t think there could be a better public face for the “new” Yankees than Francisco Cervelli (or Chris Stewart) starting at catcher.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

22 thoughts on “Cashman: New catcher “likely” already with organization

  1. I loathe Cervelli as much as anyone, but since when was Martin such a great catcher? His offensive numbers weren't great and are generally declining to boot. To me, the fact that most of the other catchers sucked offensively last year (and in recent history) is not a compelling enough reason to pay a premium for Martin. There are plenty of other catchers who can "suck" just the same while making a fraction of the salary. If losing Martin allows them to pay the likes of Pettitte and Kuroda over the likes of Freddy Garcia, then I'm all for it.

  2. I'm not sure what we would expect Cashman to say. Do we really expect him to say "we have no faith in the guys on the roster to catch so going outside is our only option. It would seem to me he played the politically correct game in saying they could be on the roster they may very be on the roster we'll have to wait and see.
    I think sometimes we tend to read to much into generic comments. As we all know Cashman plays thing very close to the vest. He's not inclined to show his hand before he has to.

  3. Chad — the difference is that Martin added (positively) with both his defense and, if you believe any of the new metrics, with his glove as a pitch framer. Even I, who actually very much like Cervelli, don't believe that Cervelli > Martin, either offensively or defensively, let alone handling a pitching staff (which is the actually most intangible, least measurable and possibly MOST important function).

    I won't be horribly upset to see Cervelli there every day (at least I say this now), but it's not remotely close. People focus on Martin's early- and mid-season struggles and completely forget that he launched 20 HR and finished at a torrid pace…

  4. I thought they should go after Martin but as things are, if the go in-house, that's $8m more to put into RF. Let's offer Hamilton 1/$25m and see what happens.

  5. And Bubba Crosby was going to play CF in 2006 and Nick Swisher was going to play 1B in 2009. I'll believe Stewart or Cervelli will be the starting catcher on April 1, when one of them is in the lineup. Not before.

  6. I doubt its Cervelli….His defense is in question and if he couldn't beat out Stewart last year as a backup what makes you think he will start this year. I believe if you're going to say okay not much hitting production from catching I would give the job to Romine. In 2011 he had a good year and I know he missed most of 2012 but he is the best option on the roster now.

  7. "Both the Braves and Reds are trying to acquire a leadoff hitting left fielder, reports ESPN's Jim Bowden (on Twitter). Both teams had interest in Denard Span before he was traded to the Nationals.
    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#clRE8zTH8RMEbY8b.9

    "The Diamondbacks want Andrelton Simmons from the Braves in a Justin Upton trade, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Earlier this month we heard the Rangers tried to acquire Simmons so they could flip him to Arizona for Upton.
    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#clRE8zTH8RMEbY8b.9… "

    After reading these 2 rumors (sorry for the long cut/paste) anyone care to try and play GM? Granderson and Romine for McCann? Maybe Granderson to DBacks for Upton ? There is no way Cashman goes into spring training without making a trade for a solid catcher. I'm stuck on McCann though, maybe because I've lived in ATL for 8 years and I remember the Braves shopping him last season. What other catchers were rumored last year around the trade deadline and/or have expiring contracts/are due a significant raise?