Yankees trade Kontos for Stewart and send Cervelli to AAA

In a flurry of moves this afternoon, the Yankees made a few that don’t make a whole lot of sense.

It appears that Austin Romine will start the season on the DL with his back injury and the Yankees needed another catcher. So what they did was they traded George Kontos to the San Francisco Giants for backup catcher Chris Stewart, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Except instead of sending Stewart to the minors, he doesn’t have any options left, the Yankees have sent Francisco Cervelli, who did have an option left, to the minors, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.

Now Stewart, a former Yankee, has a reputation as a great defensive catcher. However, Kontos was a solid arm with a chance to be a good reliever down the road. If the Yankees needed catching help in Triple-A so badly it seems that they could have found a cheaper option without killing Cervelli’s confidence. Heck, it seems like they might have eventually been able to grab Stewart, who didn’t make the Giants roster, off waivers if they just waited.

So long to Kontos and Cervelli. Hello Stewart and his career .273 OBP and .563 OPS.

MAXWELL DFA’D: As expected, outfielder Justin Maxwell, who was out of options, was designated for assignment by the Yankees today, according to Feinsand. The Yankees now have 10 days to trade or release him. There are teams that are supposedly interested in him, but Brian Cashman said that nobody has called him about Maxwell.

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5 Responses to Yankees trade Kontos for Stewart and send Cervelli to AAA

  1. Jim says:

    Any one make any sense here ? If only Cervelli and Stewert were the catchers on the roster how do you not tap Cervelli? Unless there is some aspect of handling pitchers- his offense numbers are better and defense numbers equal or better. To give up an arm and downgrade your roster? Crazy.

  2. hotdog says:

    A very bad move by the Yankees. If they are so concerned about Cervelli's defense, they should unload him. Kontos is a homegrown pitcher. What a great deal for the Giants.

  3. Mike Sommer says:

    What I really don't understand is the signing of Ramon Ortiz to a contract.

  4. Brendan says:

    Ok. A little perspective please. The most important defensive position, excluding pitcher, is the catcher. All of the work setting up the best staff, on a top to bottom basis, in the bigs is wasted if the catcher can't get it done. The problem is not the Cisco Kid as a back up. The bigger picture requires this move. The fact is that there is no one in Triple A to fill in if one of the two major league catchers get hurt. Martin is injury prone and Cervili's has concussion issues, so they need a third receiver. Stewart has no options. Kontos was not really under consideration for the Yanks roster. Blame Austin's back if you like, but it is the right move for the team.