Yankees claim Craig Tatum

Report: Astros, Orioles have interest in Maxwell
Manny Banuelos' new toy

The Yankees have claimed catcher Craig Tatum off waivers from the Diamondbacks, the team announced. The 29-year-old is a no-hit, defense-first backstop. He’s produced a .256 wOBA in 299 big league plate appearances, most coming with the Orioles. He’s thrown attempted basestealers out at a 21% rate in the show and a 35% rate in the minors, but that doesn’t do his glovework justice. Tatum figures to be just a depth pickup given Austin Romine‘s persistent back trouble, but he is out of options and will have to pass through waivers to go to the minors. No corresponding 40-man roster move is needed.

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Report: Astros, Orioles have interest in Maxwell
Manny Banuelos' new toy
  • Mike Myers

    yESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Playoffs heere we come!

  • STONE COLD Austin Romine

    Good.

    Nice pick up for the Empire State Yankees of Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pennsylvania.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This is a good move to provide that much needed fire under Gustavo Molina’s butt.

  • RetroRob

    A bad sign that Austin Romine will be out for a while and the Yankees are adding depth?

  • ROBTEN

    He was the bomb in “21 Jump Street,” yo.

  • jsbrendog

    so is this bye bye gus, this guy is gonna teach austin how to catch betterer or is it oh shit romine’s hurt we need a warm body to sit on the bus every day?

  • Rainbow Connection

    Little known fact: He is Art Tatum’s son

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      and his nickname is the assassin.

  • DM

    Romine had a “set back” and has been shut down again.

    • Gonzo

      Ooooof, that’s not a good thing.

      • DM

        Maybe Tatum as backup — and Cervelli to AAA to take Romine’s role as every day catcher to start the season.

        • hogsmog

          Why? Cervelli isn’t a terrible fielder, and is much better offensively (wOBA .315 2010, .322 2011).

          • DM

            Tatum can’t be optioned (according to reports).

  • D-Rob da man

    Blue eyes > Tatum