Sep 27, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees Trade Rumors: Cervelli For Beckham?

The Francisco Cervelli for Infielder X trade rumors won’t be going away anytime soon. The newest name came courtesy of the NY Post‘s Joel Sherman in his latest column:

Scouts are definitely focusing on Yankees catchers. Francisco Cervelli is having a strong camp. His reputation already was for strong defense and he has three homers this spring. Catching is in short supply and he could start for some teams, including the White Sox. A deal built around Cervelli and Chicago’s Gordon Beckham is not impossible.

Look, are the Yankees going to need some infield help? Yes, but I’m not too sure Gordon Beckham is the way to go. He’s a career .249/.314/.380 hitter. He hit .267 last year in 103 games, but had just five homers  after hitting 16 in 2012. He would clearly be in a better lineup which could help his numbers improve.

Beckham isn’t eligible for free agency until 2016 on the plus side, but for all the injury concerns the Yankees have on the infield, it’s not like Beckham has been Cal Ripken Jr.

The question the Yankees would have to ask themselves is this: Is it better to have Cervelli and sign Stephen Drew or have your draft pick and Beckham? Beckham isn’t exactly a Gold Glove winner on defense either, committing 12 errors.

If the Yankees want an infielder so badly, then go get Drew. He’s out there still and even on a 1-year deal, he’s a better option than Beckham.

Trading Cervelli for an infielder does make sense. I just don’t think Beckham is the right guy.

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  • Thomas Katona

    I don’t think the trade is a good idea. Mainly cause I think Cervelli is gonna if given the time to play a good season. Plus I think he’s a better defensive catcher than Mcan. He’s got more mobility & speed also a stronger arm. Beckham isn’t that great! Phillips for cervelli & some cash maybe that I’d like.

    • JoeDaBeast

      I’d like to see an infield and pitching prospect to give Cervelli up. Build up the lower levels for the future. Let some of those young pups up now and prove their worth.

      • Thomas Katona

        I agree Joe a good relief pitcher is probably all the yanks would get with another good infielder.

  • Thomas Katona

    I definitely think yanks need a great shortstop. I know jete was great but I don’t think he’s gonna be able to handle it this year. He’s a great presence in the clubhouse but if yanks plan on going to the top they definitely need a younger hitting & fielding shortstop.

    • Jim Harper

      Have you not been paying attention to what Jeter is doing this spring. This year is going to be much like his 2012 campaign only without the broken ankle. They do not have to have a SS this year, but if one shows up they need to grab one, but they need a star, not some journeyman.

      • JoeDaBeast

        Jim, I think you may not have been paying attention this spring. He is hitting around .160, which is NOT hearing things up. Even though Giradi said he doesn’t worry about the “older” players this early in Spring Training.

        • Jim Harper

          You are right on his batting avg Joe, but that is largely due to the very slow start he got off to, and he has been doing very well defensively. The kid just pissed me off.

          • Thomas Katona

            Jim ur right but shortstop & second baseman are ranging positions & the yanks right now with jete & Robertson. Just wish they would have gotten at least one of the 2 positions filled with a good young player.

  • benny345

    Cervelli for Beckham would be a steal for the Yankees.. No sir!