Update: Cashman confirms Cervelli doesn’t have an option remaining

Open Thread: 2/24 Camp Notes
Fan Confidence Poll: February 25th, 2013

February 24th: Cashman misspoke and confirmed to Jack Curry that Cervelli does not have an option remaining. He also indicated the guys who can’t be sent to the minors without passing through waivers (Cervelli and Stewart) have a leg up in the catching competition. That’s not terribly surprising.

February 9th: Via Chad Jennings: Brian Cashman confirmed that Frankie Cervelli has a minor league option remaining. I was under the assumption that he burned his final option last season, but that wasn’t the case. The Yankees will be able to send Cervelli to Triple-A this year without having to pass him through waivers, which is kinda big considering the wide open catching race. The internal options all stink, but it would be nice to keep everyone around just in case.

Cashman also confirmed that Cody Eppley, Eduardo Nunez, and Ivan Nova have an option left as well. Chris Stewart and Clay Rapada do not, but both are expected to make the team anyway. Both Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz can opt out of their minor league contracts if they don’t make the team out of Spring Training while Dan Johnson’s opt-out date is later in the summer. Unlike the Ivan Nova-David Phelps competition for the fifth starter’s spot, the Yankees will only be able to keep the winner of the Rivera-Diaz competition for the right-handed bench bat role. The loser figures to look for a big league job elsewhere.

Open Thread: 2/24 Camp Notes
Fan Confidence Poll: February 25th, 2013
  • Robinson Tilapia

    So one of Rivera/Diaz really does make the team and perhaps there’s more of an actual competition for the C spot in Spring Training.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    Anything that increases the chances me not having to watch Francisco Cervelli catch is a good thing.

  • Jersey Joe

    I hope the bench turns out like this to start the season:

    Stewart (Cervelli starting)
    Nix (Not crazy about Nunez, and I want reliability instead of ceiling)
    Diaz (So much more potential vs. LHP than Rivera)
    Dan Johnson (I’d love to have CoJo here, but I want to make sure the power he showed in AAA is real before we do anything, maybe by midseason. We need one in close games with the Cervelli/Stewart tandem)

    • Ted Nelson

      Doubt Johnson makes it. He’s essentially a back-up 1B/DH who can sort of fake 3B, and doesn’t hit well in MLB. A AAA player.

      I also think Stewart is the starting C.

      I would guess: Cervelli, Nix, Nunez, and Diaz/Rivera.

      • Preston

        He’s basically Hafner insurance.

        • Laz

          So bring him up when Hafner gets injured, they have til later in the summer to release him.

  • RetroRob

    Poor, Francisco.

    He’ll be optioned back to AAA, but this he won’t even be the starter, serving likely as Romine’s backup. At least he’ll have one home park. My guess, though, is Cervelli and Stewart will still be the two on the MLB roster, but that doesn’t mean Cervelli won’t be sent down once they decide to call up Romine.

  • Neil

    WHY is Cervelli going to the WBC? Shouldn’t he be in ST and trying to open a few eyes? This really confuses me…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Why can’t he open eyes while playing in the WBC?

    • jjyank

      Eh, Cervelli has been around for awhile. I’m sure the Yankees have a pretty good idea of his capabilities anyway. I doubt what he does in ST changes their overall opinion much.

    • Now Batting

      I thought Cervelli changed his mind and isn’t going to the WBC because he wants to compete for the starting catchers job in camp.

    • trr

      he will NOT be going to the WBC

  • soxhata

    Don’t see why Diaz and Rivera can’t both make the team,since they need a right handed dh as well as rh outfieder.Rivera could spell Tex at 1b.Was at the game last year in ATL when Diaz had a big pinch hit 2 run double off of CC.Yanks came back and won it though

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Most likely, Jeter and Youkilis will take care of the RH DH duties.
      The bench will likely consist of:
      BUC – probably Stewart or Cervelli
      RHOF – likely one of Diaz or Rivera
      2 BU IF’s – likely Nunez and Nix (with CoJo or Adams as longshots)

    • Ted Nelson

      Positional versatility, I’d say. There’s probably a chance that both make it and Nunez or Nix starts the season in AAA, though, either if both look great or they just can’t separate the two in ST.

  • joe

    looking at the pitching prospects it looks like we have a lot of potentially good relievers down on the farm

  • trr

    Hopefully, we’d send him down because we have a better option at C!

  • Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob)

    well my vote for winner of the right handed bench bat was canzler :(

    • vicki

      i know at least four gm’s who wouldn’t agree.

  • Barry

    Really hope it’s Diaz and not Rivera.

  • Pistol pete

    Does it really matter what catcher goes down or gets released, you can find players like these anytime anywhere. None of these options are viable for a franchise like the Yankees. The catching situation is absurd and the hole in the batting lineup among this band of career backups and minor leaguer just got a whole lot worse with Grandy going down for a couple months. We really could stink this year.

    • vicki

      yes, it matters. the guy who wears the tools of ignorance should be the brains of the operation.

      do you understand the consequence? the ACTION starts with the catcher squatting behind homeplate, and his job is to make the diva on the mound do his job. no other position in all of sports is so underrated/unquantifiable. maybe center comes close.

      ps. it’s not a good idea to bring a guy up late (or trade for somebody, even if it’s pudge, goddammit). for obvious reasons.

      • vicki

        *trade for somebocy midseason, i meant.

        lawd, trading for a guy would be sweet.

        • MannyGeee

          I could not agree more. Trading for catching help mid season (non Molina variety not withstanding) is a very difficult transition. And there is NOBODY available today. NO ONE

      • Betty Lizard

        Right on, sister.

  • M-Three

    This is very disappointing. I am going to sick to my stomach if Cervelli is on the roster opening day. The guy is a scrub who can throw runners out if his life depended on it. This weekend just showed who unfair sports can be. First we lose Granderson for 10 weeks and then find out that we may have to suffer thru having Cervelli on the team. I wish he would’ve just gone to the WBC so his chances of being in the minors again increased.

  • MannyGeee

    I’ll say it again. For all of you preppers who were “over” Martin last season and his noodle bat with his .200 BA (carefully ignoring the walks and home run power)… enjoy the Cervelli era.

    Ditto for the “trades Granderson for teh prospectz” dummys. Enjoy April/May and the F.H.o.F Ronnier Mustieller era.

    • JohnC

      I guess its not even worth mentioning then, that Cervelli has already thrown out his first baserunner attemting to steal, and no, it wasn’t a 47 year old with creaky legs either. Maybe its just me, but I always thought that a player has a chance to improve on things he is weak on, that he isn’t a lost cause becuase he had a bad season and some people automatically label him one.

      • Manny’s Banwagon

        Fair point.

        He’s gonna get his chance to prove us wrong so let’s hope he’s better this time around.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      See, but yesterday shows we should have traded the Granderson!!1!!1!1! If we had, we would have had prosepcts now instead of an OF with a broke arm!!1!!1!1!