Yankees sign Frankie Cervelli to one-year deal, avoid arbitration


The Yankees have signed Frankie Cervelli to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, the team announced. Jon Heyman says he gets $700k, a bit below the $1M projection from Matt Swartz. The 27-year-old managed a 143 wRC+ in 61 plate appearances last year before suffering a broken hand and a stress reaction in his elbow. Cervelli was also suspended 50 games for his ties to Biogenesis.

The Yankees still have four unsigned arbitration-eligible players (projected salaries in parentheses): David Robertson ($5.5M), Brett Gardner ($4M), Ivan Nova ($2.8M), and Shawn Kelley ($1.5M). The players’ union expects Gardner’s salary to be “considerably higher” than projected. Tomorrow is the deadline for teams and eligible players to file salary figures. All four might sign before then.

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  1. LarryM Fl says:

    The cards were stacked against Frankie C. with the injury and suspension.

    • Tom says:

      I laughed.

      It should also be noted that since his play was not better in 2012 (or whenever he took them), PED’s don’t help.

    • Laz says:

      Must have been that.
      Projections have trouble accounting for human decisions. Can really see the arbitrators punishing him for ped use.

  2. Matt DiBari says:

    Just never been sold on Cervelli. The two extended looks he got showed a man incapable of playing the position.

    • Holy Ghost says:

      He’s great for depth but I don’t think he should start too often

      • CashmanNinja says:

        Yeah, he’s a depth guy. He’s a decent backup catcher, but I’m not sold on him as a starter. Nowhere near it. I’d actually rather have Murphy as the back up, but that kind of stunts Murphy’s growth/potential/trade value, so Cervelli is fine there for now, but I don’t think anyone should expect much of anything. We can’t even expect him to hold his hand behind his back on pitches so he doesn’t take a foul tip off his hand…

  3. soxhata says:

    Now,see if he has any trade value,and get rid of this cheater.romine came on pretty strong in the second half,and J R Murphy looked pretty good.Plus you can always find a backup before the season,if those two don”t work out.

    • Laz says:

      No reason to bring up Murphy. He is only 22. Keep him down in AAA for the year getting his reps. They really don’t need to rush him unless McCann goes down. Cervelli is a capable backup catcher, keep your valuable pieces in the minors for cheap until you need to.

  4. qwerty says:

    Not bad, 700,000 to play in a few games, get hurt again, and sit out the rest of the season.

  5. Frankie Sucks says:

    I CAN’T STAND HIM. Cheater, terrible defense, annoying personality. I’d much rather see Romine backing up McCann than this idiot. Horrible move. Seriously he might be my least favorite player ever behind Dusty and Arod. Ewwwwwwwwww

  6. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    Great save by both parties.

    I’d really like to see Murphy and Romine come on, so we could trade one of them. Romine really coming into his own could net a longer-term infielder or another SP.

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