Yankees acquire catcher Craig Tatum off waivers

The Yankees have acquired minor league veteran catcher Craig Tatum off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.

It’s hard to imagine that this is a move meant as anything other than adding to their minor league depth.¬†Tatum, a 29-year-old former 3rd round pick in the 2004 draft, has played in parts of three major league seasons with the Orioles and Reds. In 100 games he has a .291 OBP and a .554 OPS. He’ll likely backup Austin Romine in Triple-A and it’s possible that he is insurance in the event the Yankees make a trade.

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3 Responses to Yankees acquire catcher Craig Tatum off waivers

  1. NYYinATL says:

    Not sure I understand this move, unless they are releasing Gustavo Molina or trading Cervelli to promote Romine.

  2. NYYinATL says:

    CORRECTION (from my first post) – I just read that Romine is feeling worse now unfortunately and may start the year on the DL. In that case, this kid would back up Molina or vice versa.

    • Mike Sommer says:

      The problem with this is that Chad Jennings of LoHud is reporting that Tatum is out of options and cannot go to AAA. That said, it's hard to believe that Tatum would be the backup catcher (not having acquainted himself with the Yankees' pitchers) and that Cervelli would go down. As Jennings states, a real head-scratcher.