Yankees were close to trading Cervelli to Pittsburgh


Via George King, the Yankees were close to trading backup backstop Frankie Cervelli to the Pirates for right-hander Brad Lincoln recently, presumably sometime over the weekend. “It was very close but [we] couldn’t agree on the value of the players,” said King’s source. The move would have freed up a roster spot for Jesus Montero, but alas, we’ll have to wait. Brian Cashman told King that it’s “possible” Montero could join the team before September call-ups, which I guess qualifies as “in the near future.” Adam Warren and George Kontos were also mentioned as “possible” call-up candidates.

Lincoln, 26, was the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, but injuries (specifically Tommy John surgery) have hindered his development. His big league career consists of a 5.25 FIP in 58.2 IP, though he’s performed quite well in Triple-A. Baseball America ranked him as the Pirates’ fourth best prospect prior to the 2010 season, saying he “has two plus  pitches, a 90-93 mph fastball that reaches 95 with good late life and a curveball that breaks big and late.”

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline


  1. Midland TX says:

    Too bad, he’d already be familiar with half the Bucs’ pitching staff: Ohlendorf, Karstens, Veras…who am i forgetting…

  2. Mike Axisa says:

    That would have been a very interesting trade. I’d like to see what Lincoln could do out of the pen since his changeup just isn’t happening.

  3. BigBlueAL says:

    Too bad for the Pirates, they need an infusion of fist-pumps.

  4. SDM says:

    this is definitely the one trade I wish Cash should have pulled


  5. Pants Lendelton says:

    Would’ve loved to see this swap.

  6. Multiple Personalities says:

    LOL the source sounds like C-Money

  7. vin says:

    “It was very close but [we] couldn’t agree on the value of the players,”

    Wonder if that means Cashman thought Cervelli was worth more than just Lincoln, or if Huntington thought the opposite?

    Interesting trade possibility though… a legitimate (and cheap) back up catcher for a AAA lottery ticket.

    • Cris Pengiuci says:

      Interesting, yes, and as much as I’d like to have a really good reason for Montero to come up and a slot to put him in, I think Cervelli has more value than a AAA lottery ticket.

      • vin says:

        I wonder if that’s what Cashman said.

      • Plank says:

        Cervelli has had years to prove his worth. He has proven he is a replacement level catcher. There is value in that, but not much. I think a trade like this is pretty fair. Cervelli is also going to be arb eligible after next season, so that decreases his value even more from a similar player who has more years of team control.

        If a player like this isn’t a fair trade, who is a player who you think would make a fair trade for Cervelli?

    • MannyGeee says:

      Huntington wanted Montero for him…

  8. Kevin D. says:

    So the plan was to have Montero contributing to the club by now…dammit. If only that trade had gotten done.

  9. Granderslam says:

    Is there a possibility Cervelli can still get dealt by Aug 31?

    • vin says:

      You must’ve missed the post earlier today on waiver-wire trades.

      Yes, he can get dealt by 8/31. But in order for the Yanks to deal him to any team, he would have to clear waivers… which would never happen due to his low cost, proven (if unspectacular) track record, and the fact that he has minor league options remaining.

      He’d probably get claimed by one of the worst teams in the league, and the Yanks would be forced to either deal with that team (possible but obviously limiting), pull him back off waivers (very likely), or let him go to that team for no return (99.9999% unlikely).

  10. The Rock says:

    Cervelli for Taillon straight up.

  11. Drew says:

    This is very upsetting to hear, but as long as Montero ends up on the big league club sometime soon that is all that really matters.

  12. I just pouted a little bit

  13. Jon says:

    Cervelli is valuable to the Yankees and I think they made the right choice by keeping him this season.

  14. Guest says:

    That would have been nice:

    1. Cerv would be going to a franchise where he would have a comfortable ML spot for years to come.

    2. Jesus could stop being bored.

    At this point, I imagine they’re going to keep him down until September 1. I can’t see why they would plan on calling him up before September 1, but not do it today with the Cap’n back in action.

    But then again, maybe they’ll wait until they switch back to a five man rotation.

  15. mr.jigginz says:

    Pittsburgh aware of “The Ninja.”

  16. bottom line says:

    What are the odds on Kontos’ arm falling off before he gets called up?

  17. Bob Michaels says:

    It still a possibility on a waiver deal, if not wait till the Post season.

    • Gonzo says:

      I could be wrong, but I doubt Cervy clears waivers. A backup catcher for basically the league minumum next year. I am sure some cheap team would be all over it.

  18. Gonzo says:

    From the “I didn’t see that one” files. I guess that means Cash was serious about keeping and promoting Montero.

  19. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Seriously, no one wants Cervelli? I mean shit, the Dodgers could have had something for Martin too. I mean do these teams prefer nothing over Cervelli?

    Not that I fault them but damn it #callupMontero please.

  20. Plank says:

    The Yankees have enough catchers better than Cervelli right now with more reinforcements coming for years on end that Cashman could have made a bad trade and still helped the Yankees. The worst thing Cashman could have done is hold on to Cervelli and block their better players.

    This year he’s blocking Montero, next year or the year after that will be Romine and the next year or two could be Murphy/Sanchez. Cervelli is good enough to be on a major league roster, just not the Yankees. This is exactly the kind of player that should be traded. It would truly benefit every side.

    • Plank says:

      I should add before I get yelled at that obviously not every player in the minors can be counted on to fulfill their potential, but Montero’s and Romine’s low projections are safe bets to be better then Cervelli at his best.

    • NDR says:

      Come on, Cervelli isn’t blocking Montero. Montero will be up when the Yankees think he is ready. Cervelli has options and can be stashed in AAA, so how is he blocking anyone?

      • Plank says:

        That is what I thought too, but now Cashman was willing to trade Cervelli at the deadline, I assume that means he would call up Montero at the same time. That feels like Cervelli is blocking Montero however weakly and temporarily for now.

        • NDR says:

          I assume that Cashman wants to call up Montero when he can play regularly. Does he represent an upgrade on Martin at C or Posada/Jones/Chavez at DH? Maybe, but it is not clear cut. I will not be too disappointed if he spends another month playing everyday in AAA and is called up around Sept 1 and is a full time starter in 2012.

          • Plank says:

            He doesn’t need to be an upgrade on Martin at C, he needs to be an upgrade on Cervelli at C and Posada at DH. That is a much lower hurdle to cross.

  21. IRF says:

    This seems like it could have been a tremendous low risk/high reward trade. Oh well.

  22. Kevin says:

    As much as we all hate to admit. Frankie calls a pretty good game and i could be wrong with this but he is one of the most clutch guys at the plate with RISP. Plus he probably annoys the $hit out of the other teams with his fist pumping on every strikeout

  23. Mike says:

    Lincoln for Cervelli + a Molina to be named later.

  24. JR says:

    Montero just hit a homerun. I don’t think he’s that bored anymore. Trade BamBam and bring the kid up already!

    • David, Jr. says:

      He is getting hot at the same time as last year, and he perfectly fits Yankee Stadium. His D has also been decent. He will start for the Yankees and eventually will hit somewhere in the middle of the order.

  25. infernoscurse says:

    i dont want to let cervelli go, i wish he would continue to be the backup, hes far better than most of the other backup catchers around the league

  26. dela g says:

    loving jeter since the injury comeback

  27. Virginia says:

    Trading Cervelli is an incredibly dumb move. So if Montero isn’t what we think he is….then what? No backup? Absurd. Cervelli is a great backup catcher. And he’s pretty cute too ;)

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