Rumor: Yankees Willing to Trade Francisco Cervelli

Via Joel Sherman of the NY Post:

The Pirates have prioritized finding a catcher this offseason, which could make them a match with the Yankees. The Yankees are expected to keep Russell Martin, who cannot be a free agent until after the 2012 season, and try to make Jesus Montero his primary backup.

The Yankees can dangle Austin Romine, but they would like to put him at Triple-A as an option in case Montero cannot handle major league catching.

The Yankees would definitely trade Francisco Cervelli, but will the Pirates or any other team look at him as a potential starter and also feel he is a safe acquisition after incurring a series of concussions?

This all sounds well and good, but the Yankees need pitching and the Pirates don’t exactly have a lot of attractive options. Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues examined a possible match up with the Pirates and Yankees and came away with little to like. He did identify pitchers Charlie Morton and James McDonald, but wasn’t even enthusiastic about them saying neither would solidify a rotation, especially in the AL East.

It is possible that the Yankees and Pirates could find a third team to make a deal with. That way they could package Cervelli or Romine with other prospects and get the pitching that they desire.

We’ll keep an eye between any possible talks between the Pirates and the Yankees, especially around December during the Winter Meetings.

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5 Responses to Rumor: Yankees Willing to Trade Francisco Cervelli

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Makes sense to trade Cervelli, but why would any team want him? Maybe we can talk the Pirates into sending us back Jeff Karstens for Cervelli and a AA player.

  2. shavager says:

    Martin's definitely the starter, if Montero is staying with the Yanks, either Cervelli goes or Montero stays as DH, it's not likely they'll keep 3 catchers on team. I'd like to see Montero as backup, release Andrew Jones and keep Posada as DH, trade Cervelli and Noesi or Wade as package deal for a quality pitcher.

  3. Cyril Morley says:

    Few trade to look at:
    Adam Warren, Kyle Higashioka and Ramiro Pena to M Twins for Francisco Liriano and minor league player. Francisco Cervelli to K C Royal for Michael Montgomery. Nick Swisher to L A Dodgers for Andre Ethier. Andrew Brackman to B Orioles for Brain Matusz. Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan and Ramiro Pena to A Braves for Craig Kimbrel, Steven Kent and Arodys Vizcaino. Warner Madrigal to H Astros for Mark Melancon.Grant Duff to W Nat for Yunior Nova
    Free Agent.- David Dejesus, Joel Zumaya, Scott Kazmir, Rich Harden, Yu Darvish, Jonathen Papelbon, Grady Sizemore, Hiroki Kuroda, C J Wilson and Joakim Soria look over see what fit

    • Mike Sommer says:

      What makes you think that the Twins or anyone would have any interest in Higashioka or Pena, neither of whom has shown any inclination that they can hit?

    • Tanned Tom says:

      You forgot to mention Sergio Mitre for Felix Hernandez. LOL ….get serious, these are all something for nothing deals. Maybe if Cashman rufies the punch at the Dec. GM meeting, otherwise forget it. And your free agent list stinks.
      Better to think about how to improve the rotation. With Sabathia, Nova and probably Garcia, and with 1 spot to be filled from the AAA squad, they'll need to move Burnett and move/demote/send to the pen Hughes.