Nov
29

Cotillo: Chris Stewart drawing trade interest

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Via Chris Cotillo: Catcher Chris Stewart is drawing trade interest from unknown teams in advance of Monday’s non-tender deadline. The Yankees are also discussing a contract with him to avoid arbitration. Matt Swartz projected the backstop to earn $1M next season, his first trip through arbitration.

Stewart, 31, hit an awful .211/.293/.272 (58 wRC+) in 340 plate appearances this past season, though he did contribute defensively, especially with his pitch-framing skills. The Yankees recently agreed to sign Brian McCann and they have a small army of young catchers on the 40-man roster, so they no longer need Stewart. If they can get something for him via trade, great. If not, then he’ll almost certainly be non-tendered on Monday. There will be resolution soon, one way or another.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • ropeadope

    Stewie, we hardly knew ye.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Yeah, we knew him…

      • FIPster Doofus

        Far too well.

  • Nick

    I will pay for his one way plane ticket out of here! Please someone take him!

  • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

    What a statement about the level of catching in MLB these days when this guy:
    – is going to make a million dollars a year
    – is drawing trade interest

    Wow.

    • Poconos Adam

      Indeed.

      As a backup he’s fine…..as in 150 ABs of “ugh” fine.

      Probably a future manager….I imagine that’s why Girardi has such an affinity for him.

    • RetroRob

      Considering 500K is basically the MLB minimum, and he has been in the Majors for several years, $1M in nothing surprising. It’s about as minimum as minimum can be for a player eligible for arbitration.

  • uyf1950

    Something is better than nothing. If they can move him for anything do it.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Stewart for Sano…get it done Cash, or you’re a failure…

    • lightSABR

      Epstein could get Bryce Harper for him. Cashman is teh suxxors.

      (I’m working on my troll-ish. How’s it coming?)

  • jim p

    Not Stewie’s fault he had to be used beyond his usefulness. He certainly wasn’t slacking. Getting him away from Girardi, though, is a good thing. Hope he has success with his new team.

    • cheddar

      All of this. I don’t want to see him back, but none of last year was his fault. He was in over his head, but gave it his all.

  • Capo

    For this, I give thanks.

  • forensic

    I’d laugh my ass off if someone actually gave up more than a $50 Best Buy gift card for him this weekend.

    • Capo

      Stewart and cash considerations to Marlins for Stanton. Get ‘er done, Cash.

  • Kosmo

    trade him to KC for Crow or Collins. Ciao !

  • Preston

    Who’s the team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles?

    • ropeadope

      I’m hearing rumors of The Bad News Bears.

      • David

        I hear it’s the Rockford Peaches.

        • ropeadope

          With the name Chris, they could sign him sight unseen, thinking he’s a she!

        • nycsportzfan

          No way hes beating out Dottie! Actually, i don’t think Brian McCann could beat out dottie, shes a beast!

      • Nick Social

        Stewart and cash for Engelberg.

  • Nathan

    I’m pretty sure if I tried to trade him away on MLB: The Show, the CPU wouldn’t want him.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Yeah, I get the hate for Stewie based on the role he was pressed into last year….But…
    If Yanks can get him to sign for $1M (and No damn No Trade Clause) AND teams out there HAVE interest AND a desperate team might be willing to give up more in March than today AND The insurance/depth loving Yankees could go to Spring training with another “major league” backup catcher AND the Yanks can continue to consider trade options for one of the real catching prospects for the next few months……Why wouldn’t they go ahead and sign him to keep some flexibility between now and opening day.

    Is the 40 Man roster spot an issue? What about Cervelli? Remind me if he has served his suspension while injured or starts serving that opening day please.

    • forensic

      Personally, I do think the 40-man spot is very important. I don’t see how they can keep 5 catchers on the 40-man all offseason, much less into the regular season, considering how many more moves they still may have to make.

      Cervelli did serve his suspension while injured last year, and there’s no way I’d keep Stewart on the roster over him.

      • Pseudoyanks

        Thanks. That’s good news on Cervelli. Thought that was the case but sniffed way too much model glue back in kindergarten. You make a great point on carrying 5 catchers but who knows if Romine or even Sanchez are now trade bait with McCann signed. My gut feeling is the Yanks like Murphy a real lot but probably want him in AAA this year.

      • forensic

        Also, since Cervelli is out of options, you’re down to keeping either Stewart or Cervelli, without any realistic chance of keeping both. Not that it matters since you’d want Romine and Murphy both in AAA (though that’s not exactly ideal either).

        Personally, I’d rather only use 3 40-man spots for catchers, in general, but barring a trade that’s not really possible this season (unless they non-tender Cervelli too which Cashman has said they won’t do, FWIW).

        • Pseudoyanks

          Cervelli, Teh Opening Day Third Baseman !!

    • MD

      I’d rather keep him if they he’ll sign for less than $1M. He has the most experience with this staff — which would help McCann in his transition. And maybe they already have a Cervelli-taker in the wings. Not a huge deal either way, but the Stewart hate here is silly. There’s too many who think the only way to evaluate a catcher is by his hitting. Some of the elements of that position won’t fit conveniently into a saber-stat so instead they’re dismissed or ignored completely.

  • Barney G.

    Cash did give up Kontos for this guy, so there must be something out there to have (??).

    That being said, I’d like to congratulate Stewie on cementing himself as a memeber the All-Time Scrub Roster along with Neifi Perez, Luis Polonia, Rafael Bournigal, Marvin Bernard, Ken Phelps and many more.

    • Havok9120

      He and Ponson will make great battery mates.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        For good measure, Polonia also wore No. 19 for the Yanks.

        • Slu

          If I am not mistaken, Dion James also wore 19 and would also be a good member of this team.

          • bpdelia

            Wait. Dion james and polonia both had their moments.

            Polonia especially. Obviously the whole “we have up Rickey Henderson and all I got was this hat, Eric plunk, and luis polonia” thing hurts but he wasn’t a useless scrub.

            He was a fun guy to watch during some very trying times.

            Now wade Taylor, Jeff Johnson, Alvaro Espinoza, muelens.

            Those guys were useless scrubs.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Jeff Johnson never played in the major leagues other than, somehow, bring in the Yankee rotation in the early 90’s. Two seasons, I believe?

              And they complained about 2013….

        • RetroRob

          Luis? If only he stuck to teens as old as 19.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Ietc

          • nycsportzfan

            Isn’t Mel Hall a sick basterd who messes wit the youngins?

  • TWTR

    Nothing personal, but I don’t think he is worth keeping.

  • Pasta

    I would give a bucket of piss for this guy
    He struck out on two pitches the guy is a catcher he susposed to know the count.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I will buy a car, drive him to the airport, pay for 2 round trips, drop him off, pick up the new player and fly back with him and drive him to the stadium.

    • Havok9120

      No, I don’t think you will. Not unless you’ve come into an inheritance you haven’t told us about.

      • Pat D

        Indeed.

        You know all too well that any proceeds of such windfalls are subject to ROVP taxation.

  • vin

    “Outside of major news, I don’t anticipate posting much the next four days just because it’s the holiday weekend and I want to chill out for a bit.”

    The prospect of potentially getting rid of Stewart is definitely major news in my world too, Mike.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Yanks do need a bullpen coach ;)

    • Havok9120

      That would be pretty hilarious.

  • mustang

    Lets take it easy on the guy he got force into a situation where he was going to fail. He is a back-up not a starter and that’s exactly what he played like.

  • SeventhAce

    TRADDEEE HIM! Seriously, there’s a log jam at C.

  • CashmanNinja

    I understand hate for Stewart in a starting role, but we’re talking about a back up catcher now. He’s far from great, but in a limited role/defensive minded catcher he isn’t too bad at all. I still think they should trade him because we have some slightly cheaper guys (such as Romine or Cervelli) who could do the job as well. Plus other young guys such as Romine who aren’t even arbitration eligible yet. They’re basically cheaper backups for a longer time. Since Stewart is just now going to be hitting arbitration he’ll (slowly) begin to become a little more expensive over time. In the long run the Yankees could save a few million bucks over a few seasons by going with Romine. And at the end of the day if we’re able to get SOMETHING for Stewart then we take it. He was probably going to be non-tendered and picked up right away anyway. May as well get something for him since they simply don’t have room for him AND Cervelli.

    • mustang

      No!
      No!
      No!

      The guy sucks because he sucks. Who cares that he has been a lifetime back up once he put on the Yankees pinstripes he should of became Yogi Berra.
      There is no room for logic when we are complaining about someone who actually played the way he has always played.

      HE A YANKEE DAMN IT!

  • Iron Horse

    Jeez, everybody is such an expert talent scout! Seen any good young pitchers lately?
    I prefer Cervelli to Stewart, but folks, think for a moment: there is interest in Stewart, major league interest. Certainly no one is interested in his offense, they are interested in his defensive abilities as well as his game-calling skills. As a fan, that tells me that those skills are valued, and valuable.
    This also tells me that catchers with Stewart’s particular skill are not abundant at this time.
    A team with depth would certainly want a player like Stewart as a third catcher, why would this be so surprising? He is not a starting player and the Yankees, short-sighted as they were last year, put him in that position. And he was horrible, but not for a lack of effort.
    I would take Stewart any day any time over the loathesome Vernon Wells, who is just a disgrace to Pinstripes!

    • Darren

      Wait a second…you made perfect sense until you called Vernon Wells loathsome! That was an M. Night ending if I ever saw one. Wells is just as blameless as Stewart. perhaps less valued but the man did hit 10 homer runs before the overuse caught up with him something awful. He would have looked a hell of a lot better if Grandy came back and sent him the bench. We all would’ve been like, Vernon carried us in April and May man, he earned his stripes!You hook up with a certain kind of girl at a bar and never see her again and it’s a nice memory burnished in Jack Daniels and cigarette smoke. You foolishly ask her to a work function 3 months later, it’s your own damn fault.

      • SDB

        Yup. Vern was a shell of a player halfway into the season, but I am glad for what he did in April and early May, and absolutely loved his all-hands-on-deck attitude. Remember him being willing to take up 3B in a clutch situation or even offering to man other infield spots when needed, just to help the team out with all its roster issues?

        Stewart played a lot, but was generally horrible. Wells gave us one damn good month, and if he’s a backup outfielder who’ll start when someone needs a day off, or comes in for a pinch hit appearance every now and then, I won’t complain too much. If he starts more than 40 or so games next year though, then something’s wrong.

    • fuster

      teams can’t usually carry three catchers on the 25 if they have 13-man pitching staffs and mostly 30+ year old fielders.

  • Camilo

    Stewie for Bullpen Player/Coach

  • Mattingly’s Batboy

    I agree fully. He gave it his all, and his defensive skills are valued. The man has a place in baseball.

  • fuster

    I don’t believe the story that the Rockies want Stewart, Nunez, Sanchez and Austen for Tulowitzki

  • Kosmo

    Teams such as the Royals and maybe another 5 or 6 teams could use a solid backup catcher with D skills. The Yanks traded Kontos for Stewart, no reason NY couldn´t flip him for a reliever.
    For example arbitration eligible relievers could be had for Stewart. Stewart´s been worth about 2.7 WAR the last 3 years, virtually all a defensive driven saber-stat. Compare that to relievers such as Crow or Collins both arbitration eligible.
    I suspect NY will also unload 1 of Cervelli-Murphy-Romine.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We’re frustrated with him, but he started over 300 games at catcher last year. If you can crouch for three hours at a time 100 days a year and breathe, someone will want you. I’m not convinced Kelly Stinnett was actually breathing.

      Nope. Not surprised there’s trade interest.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This is a great sociology experiment. If you leave up a thread on Chris Stewart long enough, will someone die?

  • Les

    Trade him. The Orioles need a backup, we are could get a lefty relieve prospect. We need relif help. E

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    I won’t believe Chris Stewart isn’t a Yankee until I see him in another uniform.

    • TWTR

      Ouch. But yeah.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Sounds like pent up hatred for Sergio Mitre.

      • CashmanNinja

        Save for 1 year I’d rather have Stewart as a backup than Mitre on the 40 man roster any day.

  • Barney G.

    To Seattle for Heactor Noesi

  • RetroRob

    “The Yankees are also discussing a contract with him to avoid arbitration.”

    This line has been ignored but is alarming.

    • Dr. TJ Eckleberg

      You’re right. That post was so full of WTF.

      I honestly can’t imagine one of the kids being as bad as him.

  • Delbert Grady

    A lot of the “hate” for Stewie is generated from Girardi trying to sell him as something more than he was to explain his ridiculous overuse of him last year. It’s not Stewie’s fault that Girardi turned all Sergio Mitre on him and made him the apple of his eye. That being said, he should not be on the Yankees while Girardi is the manager. Girardi’s penchant for crushing on “ballplayers” like Stewie and Nix needs to be stopped by the GM. Girardi will give at bats to guys like this because he was one of these guys. The best thing for the Yankees next season is a Nix non-tender and a Stewie trade/non-tender. The amount of at bats guys like Romine or Murphy lost to Girardi’s man-crush on Stewie make little sense. Stewie was not a championship team catcher yet Girardi treated him like he was one when justifying the playing time. Now we have 2 young guys backing up McCann who barely got a sniff of real playing time last year. That’s on Girardi.

    • Farewell Mo

      How is it Girardi’s fault for playing Stewrt too much? Once Cervelli went down, who else was he supposed to play? Maybe he and Tony Pena could have suited up

      If anyone’s to blame for Stewrat (sic) playing too much, it’s Cashman since he put the roster together.

  • Dicka24

    According to MLBTR, Cano asked the Yankees for 9 years and $260 million in their most recent meeting. Good bye. I’d walk away at that price.