Brian Cashman had a small press conference during the GM Meetings with the Yankees press writers and he was able to shed a small light on what was to come in the near future. According to The Star Ledger, Cashman is going to tender a contract to catcher Francisco Cervelli, despite serving a 50-game suspension with his involvement in the Biogenesis Scandal. However, just because Cervelli is getting a contract offer, doesn’t mean the Yankees are going to stop looking for an offensive catcher.
“We have catching,” Cashman said. “But we will explore if we can improve offensively at that position, and see where that will take us. There’s some (players) that interest us. Most don’t.”
The free agent market for catching is full of talent this Hot Stove season with names such as Brian McCann, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and A.J. Pierzynski floating around, but it will be up to the Yankees to make a move. With the big free agent names on the market, it is likely that the Yankees will non-tender Chris Stewart, who was Cervelli’s replacement in 2013.
Cervelli posted an .877 OBP through 17 games in 2013 before breaking his hand but Cervelli’s suspension guaranteed his season was over. Despite denying he used PED’s before the suspension, he apologized for using them after his suspension was served. Cashman confirmed that Cervelli is 100% healthy, and is currently working out at the minor league camp in Tampa, Florida.