Mar 3, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) singles in the second inning in a spring training exhibition game against the Washington Nationals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
Catcher Francisco Cervelli is in the middle of a competition to be the Yankees’ backup catcher. However, is there a possibility that Cervelli could have options elsewhere? According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, there is growing interest.
According to Cotillo, the 28-year-old Cervelli is drawing “lots of trade interest” from front offices around the league. Cotillo says the White Sox are “among many teams” that have been monitoring Cervelli this spring in Yankees camp. Cervelli is in the last year of his contract, and the Yankees seem content with 25-year-old prospect, Austin Romine as their backup, who saw lots of time last year when Cervelli went down with an injury. Cervelli is a .271/.343/.367 career hitter in 623 major league plate appearances. He is also one of only five Yankees left from the 2009 World Championship team, having been with the club since 2008. Cervelli is currently out of options, so he makes the most sense to move at this point for the Yankees. Perhaps some bullpen or infield depth would be coming back to the Bronx if a deal was made.