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.