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Yanks make a trade and Cervelli goes to the minors. Joe Pawlikowski doesn’t think it makes any sense.

The wife isn’t going to like this.

[Photo Credit: Alejandra Villa/Newsday]

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1 kenarneson   ~  Apr 4, 2012 3:03 pm

Well, having watched Chris Stewart for a couple years in the Bay Area, I'll say two things: (1) He can't hit a lick. (2) His throwing arm is superb. Strong and extremely accurate.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 4, 2012 3:14 pm

Frankie can maybe hit one tootsie pop lick. But his arm isn't great. Still, he's cute. Man, Emily is going to have a hard time with this.

Nice to hear that Stewart can throw.

3 Dimelo   ~  Apr 4, 2012 3:21 pm

[2] He hit that big homerun today, too. He practically saved the Yankees season all by his lonesome. Poor guy -- is this the way a hero is congratulated nowadays? Crazy.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 4, 2012 3:23 pm

3) No such thing as a spring training game hero. Still, I like Frankie.

From Marc Carig: To Cervelli, the Yankees' explanation that this was a roster crunch move didn't seem to cut it: "I don’t know. I don’t understand their reason. I think maybe you’ve got to ask Cash, or somebody else. Maybe the other guy is better than I am right now. Just play baseball no matter where it is, and show them that I’m a big league catcher, like they say."

From Mark Feinsand: Why the Stewart-Cervelli move? Let Cashman explain: “That will give us a lot more depth given the Romine injury is going to take a little longer. We feel Cervelli is a major-league guy, without a doubt. We feel Cervelli is a major-league backup, but now we’re back to where we were before the Romine injury, even though it’s not a good situation for Cervy to go to Triple-A. Organizationally, we’re in a good place with Russell Martin, Stewart and Cervelli.”

5 jfdrums   ~  Apr 4, 2012 3:36 pm

What a bullshit thing to do. Cervelli also can't hit but it's obvious the guys like throwing to him. Sometimes the Yanks just don't seem to be in the sense making business.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 4, 2012 3:43 pm

Welp, they needed extra catching help and the guy they traded for doesn't have any options. So it's a bum deal for Frankie but doesn't seem to be a horrible move.

7 RIYank   ~  Apr 4, 2012 3:47 pm

Well, I'm sorry for Emily's sake, but as far as I'm concerned Frankie ran out of cute last year.

In local news: Alfredo Aceves is going to be the Red Sox' closer. And they will carry 13 pitchers on their 25 man roster.

And is one of our Banter writers going to comment on Bobby Valentine's weekly scheduled appearance on Michael Kay's show?

This is going to be a fun season.

8 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 4, 2012 3:50 pm

7) Oh, snap, I had not heard that. It won't be dull, that's for sure.

Yeah, tough break for the Sox. Think Cash wishes he'd a kept Aceves?

There are so many good teams in the AL. Should be a good summer. Let's hope it's an even better October.

9 rbj   ~  Apr 4, 2012 3:56 pm

Dang. Gonna miss Frankie's enthusiasm.

10 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 4, 2012 4:00 pm

9) He was the closest thing they've had to a mascot in a long time.

Here's more on Josh Beckett: http://bit.ly/HZDM4S

11 RIYank   ~  Apr 4, 2012 4:00 pm

Yeah, here's the story. It's really pissed off the locals. "Can you imagine Belicheck doing that? Can you imagine Joe Torre doing a show on WEEI while he was still managing the Yankees?"

I think Bobby suspects that his tenure with Boston will be limited, and he wants to keep his hand in the NY media scene, so as to improve his prospects for gainful employment afterward. Which is not stupid of him.

12 Chris in Sydney   ~  Apr 4, 2012 4:07 pm

Too bad for Cervelli. He seems crushed. The move makes sense to me, but my wife is also a fan.

I'd say Aceves should be added to the not-short list of pitching mistakes Cash has made. Not that I think he's closer material.

13 The Hawk   ~  Apr 4, 2012 4:22 pm

Ah that sucks.

And they shoulda kept Aceves

14 the wife   ~  Apr 4, 2012 5:35 pm

What?? This cannot be!

15 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 4, 2012 5:40 pm

Uh oh. The wife found out before I got home to break the news...got to handle this with caution. Lol

16 Bruce Markusen   ~  Apr 4, 2012 5:49 pm

The statistic that stands out to me about Cervelli is this: each of the last two seasons, he has thrown out 14 per cent of runners. 14 per cent! Atrocious. That's just unacceptable for a backup catcher, unless he hits like Ron Hassey or Cliff Johnson or Johnny Blanchard. And Cervelli isn't any of those guys.

17 RIYank   ~  Apr 4, 2012 5:57 pm

[16] Yeah, that's why he used up all his cute, as far as I'm concerned.

18 Bruce Markusen   ~  Apr 4, 2012 6:02 pm

Other moves made today:

Bill Hall was released. Perhaps the Yankees will try to re-sign him to a minor league deal.

Justin Maxwell was designated for assignment.

David Phelps made the team as a long reliever.

19 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 4, 2012 8:29 pm

Marc Carig with the lowdown: http://bit.ly/HSCzO7

20 Bruce Markusen   ~  Apr 4, 2012 8:30 pm

So here's the 25-man roster:

Catchers (2): Martin, Stewart
Infielders (6): Teixeira, Cano, Jeter, Rodriguez, Chavez, Nunez
Outfielders (5): Gardner, Granderson, Swisher, Jones, Ibanez
Starting Pitchers (5): Sabathia, Kuroda, Hughes, Nova, Garcia
Relievers (7): Rapada, Logan, Phelps, Wade, Soriano, Robertson, Rivera

21 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 4, 2012 10:35 pm

My memories of Stewart are him getting repeatedly crossed up with several different pitchers in his game with the Yankees. To the point where people decided Phil Hughes' eyes were the issue (which didn't explain why it was also happening with Ohlendorf)

22 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 5, 2012 4:33 am

Calling Jesus Montero!

23 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 5, 2012 7:49 am

[22] His bat, right? He can leave his glove in Seattle and just bring the bat?

24 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 5, 2012 8:25 am

I will miss that Italian/Venezuelan, and hold the hope he will be back. I know his throwing seemed to decline, but he did show moments of competency. Cervelli is a streaky hitter who was often clutch. Martin was injured quite a bit last year, and Cervelli had to play everyday for a long while.

The way he threw the ball around after a strike out, how he disappeared from behind the plate on a called strike three in the final out of an inning, you can tell he loves playing the game, and was appreciative of every day he had with the NY Yankees. He is a worthy major leaguer, and somebody is going to need him right quick.

Cervelli has had at least three concussions, and probably has only one more to go before the damage is permanent, and he will have to leave the game...

25 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 5, 2012 8:29 am

And Alex, my wife is bummed too.

26 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 5, 2012 8:44 am

Cervelli did have to catch a lot of AJ's starts last year, and Burnett's seemingly disregard of holding runners prolly skewed Cervelli's throw-out success.

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