You would think having a .500 batting average with four home runs this would have everyone calling the Yankees and expressing their interest in acquiring you, wouldn’t it? Well, despite Francisco Cervelli‘s strong Spring, it doesn’t seem his trade value would be high enough for the Yankees to get a legitimate piece for their roster.
“At his bandwidth, I don’t think you will get a lot,” an NL GM told ESPN New York. “Most people think of him as a backup catcher.”
Nick Franklin and Didi Gregorious were a few names that were tossed around for the Yankees to possibly acquire in order to help their infield, which consists of Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter. But if Cervelli won’t bring them in alone, could the Yankees consider adding him to a package deal?
Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggested the Yankees trade Cervelli and David Phelps to get infield help with the notion if Michael Pineda is ready to enter the rotation, Phelps could be expendable.
So one question the Yankees are contemplating is: How much do they trust Michael Pineda? Because if they feel Pineda is good to go in the fifth-starter slot, they would be more willing to use David Phelps as part of a deal, which would be tough for them because Phelps provides good rotation support plus potential help in the bullpen. Both the Diamondbacks (who lost Opening Day starter Patrick Corbin for the season with a torn elbow ligament) and the Mariners (who will be without Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker to open the season) want to add starters who can help now.
With all honesty, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if the Yankees were unable to trade Francisco Cervelli or if they kept David Phelps. Phelps could possibly be used to help bridge the gap in the Yankees bullpen leading to closer David Robertson and Cervelli has proved more than enough to the Yankees that he’s capable of the backup catching position. Furthermore, Cervelli has shown he’s just as capable with the bat as he is with the catchers glove, which is the perfect combination for the Yankees at this point.