With Posada activated, Cash out

The extraordinarily streaky Hideki Matsui
2009 Draft: Q&A with Jim Callis

Interesting roster move by the Yanks this afternoon: When they activated catcher Jorge Posada from the 15-day disabled list, they designated Kevin Cash for assignment. Francisco Cervelli will remain with the club as the backup catcher until Jose Molina returns from his leg injury. As Posada is both 37 and coming off of a quick recovery period for a hamstring pull, Cervelli should see his fair share of innings behind the dish.

I am intrigued by this move mostly because the Yanks didn’t have to make it right now. Since Posada was already on the 40-man roster, the Yanks didn’t have to DFA Kevin Cash. The Yanks probably like Cervelli’s defense more than Cash’s, and I would agree there. Anyway, Cash will probably just wind up back in AAA soon enough, and that’s that.

Update: For posterity’s sake, Kevin Cash was not DFA’d. He actually had an option left. The Yankees optioned him down to AAA. He will remain with the organization. Works for me.

The extraordinarily streaky Hideki Matsui
2009 Draft: Q&A with Jim Callis
  • CountryClub

    Maybe they’ll let Cash walk and sign Moeller. Might as well assign the better player to AAA since they already DFA’d Cash.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I thought of that. The Orioles just DFA’d Moeller, and he’s an upgrade over Cash for what the fourth catcher is worth.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        It wouldn’t be the worst move ever. And, Moeller knows most of the staff since he was here last year.

        • JP

          Maybe this is why they did it…with the intention of “upgrading” to Moeller.

          • MattG

            But wouldn’t they have to trade something for Moeller? Or can they just claim him on waivers?

      • The Lodge

        Good Old Chad “DFA” Moeller.

    • mko

      I’d be all for that, he wasn’t that bad. But I think somebody else will sign him. Maybe even Cash will get signed by someone else…

  • ikl

    Well, some of us here called this move. If Cervelli hits over .230 he is more valuable than Cash. Posada isn’t going to catch more than 5 times a week or so, so the backup catcher is going to get ABs. I see no reason to keep Cash around. On the off chance that he doesn’t clear waivers, we still have Stewart sitting in AAA as insurance.

    • YankeeScribe

      I think the days of Posada catching 2/3’s of the Yankees’ games are long gone. I see him catching atleast 50% of the games the rest of this season and 1/3 of the games next season…

      • ikl

        I was erring on the side of optimism, but I fear that you may be right. If Posada continues to hit better than Matsui and Nady, I hope that they put him at DH much of the time when he doesn’t catch.

      • Let’s Talk About TEX Baby

        It’s interesting to think about what they’ll do with the catching situation next year. With Matsui gone you’d have to figure the goal would be to have Posada get at least half his at bats at DH, which means they’d need someone better than Molina to share time with him. I guess Cervelli could step up and be that guy, or they’ll have to go out and sign a veteran.

  • Brett

    Love this move, glad Frankie gets to stay. We also have PJ if someone grabs Cash. Assuming he clears waivers, does this create a spot on 40 man?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      It should. I’m trying to find out if he was DFA’d or just outrighted to AAA. If he was DFA’d, that will free up a 40-man spot.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I know we went through this the other day, but if we outright him, as a vet, he could potentially veto the move and demand to stay on the active roster, like what Giambi did, right?

        I mean, I doubt a scrub like Kevin Cash would tell the Yankees “No”, but it is technically possible, right?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          I believe it depends upon if he has ever been outrighted before. A player can be involuntarily outrighted once in his career before earning veto rights.

        • zs190

          In which case, he would get released, no? I don’t know if that’s in the best interest of Cash.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I like this move.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sloanbruno69 Bruno

    I’m sure it’s no surprise that I like this move lol. I love watching Cervelli behind the dish. Hopefully he can learn to hit from Jorge, the same way Jorge learned to catch from Girardi. If Cervelli could hit at a Girardian-level we’d be set (cheaply!) at C if/until Montero/Romnie’s ready.

  • JP

    I think, purely physically speaking, Moeller looks “smart,” and Cash looks “dumb.” Cash actually looks like he might be from the shallow end of the gene pool.

    /good-natured, irreverent humor

  • Matt M.

    this might be a stupid question…but does your 40 man have to have 40 men on it or can we leave the spot open so we have some semblance of roster flexibility?

  • Pingback: Game 48: Hip Hip, Cleveland! | River Avenue Blues

  • jeff

    Abraham said on his blog that Cash was optioned to Scranton. Just a poor word choice on his part?

  • jeff

    Also, rotoworld says Cervelli was sent down. I’m assuming they just don’t know what they’re talking about.

  • Mike

    On the Yes Network they just said Cash has options left and he was not Designated for Assignment, he was optioned to AAA

  • http://yankees.lhblogs.com Pete Abraham

    No, he was optioned. Whoever wrote that he was DFA’d was incorrect.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Corrected. We were trying to find out the right info but were a bit confused as to the option/outright/DFA distinction with regards to Cash.