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Cervelli out more than four weeks

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Francisco Cervelli has a fracture in his foot and will be in a boot for at least four weeks.

Joe Girardi said this doesn’t change the plan for Jorge Posada, but could open a door for Jesus Montero or Austin Romine, or Gustavo Molina if the Yankees decide the kids aren’t ready.

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158 Responses to “Cervelli out more than four weeks”

  1. RadioKev March 4th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    And that’s that. Tough luck for Cervelli, but here’s Montero’s big break.

  2. upstate kate March 4th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    oh poor Cisco :( bad things always happen to him during ST :(

  3. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    As a fan of Cervelli, the human being, this is sad news.
    As a fan of the New York Yankees, its never bad news when your top prospect has the door kicked wide open.

  4. Erin March 4th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I feel awful for Cervelli. :(

    I know it’s not a popular opinion around here, but he’s one of my favorites.

  5. Erin March 4th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    kate-they need to put him in bubble wrap during spring training.

    Spring training has definitely not been kind to him.

  6. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    It’s now up to Montero to take control of the job and show he’s ready.

    He controls his roster destiny at this point.

  7. Triple Short of a Cycle March 4th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Assuming Montero starts the year as the backup. If he isn’t overmatched does he stay the whole year and if he does how many at bats would he get? 200?

  8. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I know it’s not a popular opinion around here, but he’s one of my favorites.

    One of my favorite Cervelli memories is when he helped guide CC to a CG SHO of the Orioles. When he stood up with his fist pump and went to hug CC, that was special.

    He has a world series ring, can’t take that away from him, but I wasn’t enamored with Cervelli the 1st string catcher.

  9. kd March 4th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    jesus montero, come on down. you’re the next contestant on… helping the yankees win the world series.

    sorry, couldn’t help it.

    i feel bad for cerveli, but what an opportunity for montero. i’m excited to see what he can do

  10. David in Cal March 4th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    That sucks for poor Cervelli. I wasn’t too excited about the signing of Martin, because I thought Montero, Cervelli and Posada could handle the catching load. But, now, the Martin signing looks brilliant!

  11. Tom in N.J. March 4th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    This sucks. Spent most of the winter at Camp Cano trying to better himself.

    Now he breaks his foot.

  12. mick March 4th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    # SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    It’s now up to Montero to take control of the job and show he’s ready.

    He controls his roster destiny at this point.
    ===============================
    Not if Hal says no.

  13. LGY March 4th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Montero was seen running through the clubhouse yelling, Cervelli’s Gone!

  14. upstate kate March 4th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    One of mine too Erin. I know his antics annoy some, but I love his enthusiasm. He seems so happy to be a Yankee, regardless of his role. And I thought he was quite adequate as a back up C.

  15. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    There is still Molina that they could back uo Martin with. He has MLB experience.

  16. Against All Odds March 4th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    # mick March 4th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    There was a wrestler from the same HS who died last year following a match

    Click here: Wes Leonard of Fennville High Dies After Winning Shot

    ————————————–

    I read that story this morning. My condolences to his family.

  17. Cashmoney March 4th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    NP, tom, hope it helps.

  18. RadioKev March 4th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Will Montero’s at-bat song be “Jesus Walks?” I hope so.

  19. rodg12 March 4th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    # mick March 4th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    # SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    It’s now up to Montero to take control of the job and show he’s ready.

    He controls his roster destiny at this point.
    ===============================
    Not if Hal says no.
    ————————————————–
    Pretty sure that conversation has already happened and if the desire was to keep him in the minors solely to delay his FA/Arb clock, they wouldn’t have been speaking with as much conviction as they have about the possibility of him heading north with the team.

  20. West Coast Yankee Fan March 4th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I am sorry for Cervelli personally, that’s a real shame. It just goes to show you how fraught with peril the catching position is and that you can’t have too much depth there.

    It won’t be the first time a door was opened wide because someone unfortunately got injured. Now it’s time for Montero and or Romine to step up.

  21. LGY March 4th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Mick

    Where are you getting this stuff from that Hal cares about arb?

    He has never done or said anything to that effect

  22. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    If they REALLY wanted to wait 20 days to gain the extra year of control with Montero, they could just have Posada backup for 20 days. He’ll catch what… 4 times? 5 times? Who cares, then bring up Montero. Andruw Jones will DH on those days.

  23. upstate kate March 4th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    LGY
    :) He must be friends with Jonny Gomes.

  24. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    It’s up to Jesus now!

  25. LGY March 4th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    This Hal is cheap stuff is so bizarre.

    Is this the same owner who overruled Cashman to spend a boatload on a set up man?

  26. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    lgy

    as the owner who dictates money to Cash, why wouldn’t he?

  27. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Poor Cervelli.

    He worked so hard in the off-season, and then this. Was it a HBP or a foul tip? Doesn’t much matter, just I don’t remember which it was.

    Well, Montero needs to open that door – opportunity is pounding.

  28. teddy9000 March 4th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    i rather see montero start the year in the minors

  29. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    as the owner who dictates money to Cash, why wouldn’t he?

    He hasn’t shown himself to be cheap or care about the team control of prospects. Is there a remote chance Hal would force Cashman to keep Montero in the minors? Sure. But all evidence points to the contrary.

  30. Cashmoney March 4th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Jerk, not a bad alternative, maybe DH Jorge Vaz, see what we have ? But more than likely, this opens the door wild open for M.

  31. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I’m always surprise more batters don’t break a bone in their foot with foul balls.

  32. Fran the original March 4th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    GB,
    If I win this seasons GTLU I’ll share my M&Ms with you :)
    *******

    Feel bad for Cervelli. Sprimg training has not been kind to him.

  33. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Show me an example where Hal is “cheap”.

    They just signed a setup guy to a 35 million dollar deal.

    Do you know who has spent the most money on the IFA FA market and 4th most on over the slot bonuses in the amateur draft the last 2 years? The Yankees.

    The “Hal is cheap stuff” is nonsense.

  34. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    all things being equal, why should this matter. he should have been brought up anyway.

  35. vinny-b March 4th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    “I know it’s not a popular opinion around here, but Cervelli is one of my favorites”
    ————————————————

    mine too, Erin.

    and couldn’t careless if the opinion is unpopular/popular

  36. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Hal is not George and most of the major signings were not on Hal’s watch, if not all, except Jeter. We shall see.

  37. Joe from Long Island March 4th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Doreen – it was a foul ball that he hit off his r foot.

    LGY – “bizarre” isn’t the right word.

    I feel badly for Cisco. The kid tried hard during the offseason, working with Cano and Nunez, and looked improved so far. If his foot is booted 4 weeks, add another 4 to that for rehab and conditioning. Then, likely, Scranton, to play back into shape.

    I’d be guessing Montero will be backup, Gustavo Molina to Scranton, as insurance.

    Prescient move by Cash and the Yanks to sign Martin.

  38. Nick in SF March 4th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    It’s a sad day for PFOFs everywhere.

  39. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Jorge Vazquez has as much of a chance to win a roster spot as Jon Wener did a few years ago with his hot ST.

    He’s not versatile enough to be on the bench.

    He’s the classic AAAA player.

  40. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I’m always surprise more batters don’t break a bone in their foot with foul balls.
    ====================
    Why not a shoe with metal or some protection?

  41. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Montero’s song should be, “Jesus Christ, Superstar”.

  42. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Jon “Weber”. Sorry for the typo.

  43. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    all things being equal, why should this matter. he should have been brought up anyway.

    Those with experience always get the benefit of the doubt over those without. All the more reason to get Jesus’ feet wet. Merely playing in the major leagues gives a player such a decided advantage in roster machinations because they are: On the 40 Man, have experience with the coaching staff, and have a kind of proven major league ability.

    You can look at Cervelli’s year last year and say, ‘That was good for a backup, we know what we have there, but now he trained with Cano and did a lot of work in the offseason, what if he is even better?’ Just the fact that tantalizing question exists gives him bonus points for making a final 25 man.

    Where as every question for a guy that has 0 major league ABs, no matter how hard he worked or performed in the minors, is: “How is this guy gonna hit in the big leagues?”

  44. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    It’s a sad day for PFOFs everywhere.

    I’m surprised theres not more crying and gnashing of teeth about life not being fair.

  45. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Sabathia, Teixera, and Burnett weren’t on Hal’s watch?

  46. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Doreen, needs to make her contest harder for Fran and Erin. They not only have to predict the correct line-up, but, they have to predict the pitchers replacing the starter and in which inning. If they can do that, I’ll bow to woman’s superiority.

    You won’t see me actually bow, of course. Just take my word for it that I will.

  47. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Cervelli might be getting pipped on the backup catcher job, but he will catch in the majors again, guaranteed. He is a major league player.

  48. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I’m on board.
    Never made any sense to send him down.
    Cervelli served no purpose.

  49. LGY March 4th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    CC Tex and AJ were on Hals watch.

    Almost half a billion in one offseason.

    No one can make it rain like Hal did that offseason. Not even George.

  50. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Being frugal and being cheap aren’t the same thing….

  51. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Sabathia, Teixera, and Burnett weren’t on Hal’s watch?
    ===================================
    Wasn’t George still in his right mind?

  52. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    “Cervelli might be getting pipped on the backup catcher job, but he will catch in the majors again, guaranteed. He is a major league player.”

    agreed

  53. Tom in N.J. March 4th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Hal is sooo cheap. Remember when Cash went to Hal in ’08 and told him “Teix is perfect for our team.”

    Hal, after green lighting 160+ for CC and 80+ for A.J. said, here’s another $180 million for Teixeira.

    Cheap jerk.

  54. Erin March 4th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Nick in SF March 4th, 2011 at 3:09 pm
    It?s a sad day for PFOFs everywhere.

    ***********************

    :(

  55. Gonezilla March 4th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Sux. Love his energy and enthusiasm, and he’s a decent backstop. Probably paves the way for him to get traded when he recovers. Does Mauer need a backup in Minny?

  56. LGY March 4th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Wait, nevermind.

    Montero was actualky just running around singing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

    My bad.

  57. PhiltheThrill March 4th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Pipp’d!

    Get well soon, Francisco!

  58. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    CC, AJ, Tex, and Soriano are all on Hal’s watch. That’s $458.5 million dollars of guaranteed contracts.

    All of the amateur and IFA signings the last 4 years are on his watch.

    Like I said, the “Hal is cheap” stuff is nonsense and without foundation.

  59. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    “Wasn’t George still in his right mind?”

    Hal and Hank were making the decisions.

  60. Jacob Ruppert March 4th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    This may not be the worst news in the world. I like Francisco, but this gives control of his own destiny to Montero.

  61. Triple Short of a Cycle March 4th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    For any Chicago natives the band Pegboy does a great cover of Jesus Christ Superstar

  62. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Fran the original March 4th, 2011 at 3:06 pm
    GB,
    If I win this seasons GTLU I’ll share my M&Ms with you

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Even after my suggestion to make your advantage more equal and fair?

  63. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Wasn’t George still in his right mind?

    He was dying, dude. Cashman specifically references going to Hal to get the money for Tex.

  64. Erin March 4th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    Doreen, needs to make her contest harder for Fran and Erin. They not only have to predict the correct line-up, but, they have to predict the pitchers replacing the starter and in which inning. If they can do that, I’ll bow to woman’s superiority.

    You won’t see me actually bow, of course. Just take my word for it that I will.

    ******************************
    LOL You’re mean, GB!

  65. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Hal isn’t cheap, he just believes that Cashman needs to give him a good enough business case to approve certain acquisitions.

  66. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Then it is a no brainer to bring up Montero.
    Why would Cervelli have stood in his way?

  67. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    For some reason Hal agreed on a 3 million dollar bonus to Gary Sanchez, one of the highest values ever given to an IFA. Cheap sonova.

  68. champ809 March 4th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    SJ

    You’re wrong about Vazquez. He’d be a perfect DH/backup 3B/1B and supply RH power for this team which they need. He’ll hit major league pitching just fine. He’s hit some monster homers of major leaguers in the world baseball classic.

    He may get a chance next year at regular DH abs’ next season if Posada retires or even this season if Posada hits the dl if Vazquez is killing it in Scranton (which I think he will)

  69. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Why would Cervelli have stood in his way?

    Some people don’t like to take risks. They would rather prospects over-ripen and bring up long after they are ready.

  70. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Hal is a smart dude…you can tell by listening to him speak. He’ll spend the money, he’s just more calculating in how he agrees to do it….which is a good thing.

  71. PhiltheThrill March 4th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Hal is smart. That’s different from cheap.

  72. Mell March 4th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Unfortunate news for Cervelli. Not surprising, as there seemed to be some unease the past couple of days over what the MRI revealed.

    Big opportunity for Montero. So far, he’s held up his end. Look forward to seeing more.

  73. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    You’re wrong about Vazquez. He’d be a perfect DH/backup 3B/1B and supply RH power for this team which they need. He’ll hit major league pitching just fine. He’s hit some monster homers of major leaguers in the world baseball classic.

    I’m not so sure. He might hit some HRs, but he strikes out way to much and doesn’t walk at all. If you translate his AAA stats to the Majors he ends up hitting like .200 with a sub .300 OBP and a nice .400+ slugging.

    Adam Dunn, who hits .240 in the majors, hit .300 in the minor leagues with great plate discipline.

  74. Tarheel In NYC March 4th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    As excited as I am for Jesus, I’m just as disappointed for Frankie. It’s one thing to potentially lose your job because someone better came along. But to lose it because of an errant foul ball? That stinks :(

  75. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Let’s remember that Jeter might not have been the starting SS for the Yankees in 1996 coming out of spring training if it wasn’t for Fernandez getting hurt during camp. This could be a similar opportunity for Jesus to make the club as the backup catcher in 2011.

  76. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Hal always had the most sense between George and Hank for sure.
    He always seemed reticent to get involved with the team when George was going strong.
    Can’t say I blame him.
    Just wonder why they unshackled Hank this winter?

  77. Cashmoney March 4th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    SJ, he could very well be ‘AAAA’ hitter, but i like see him get a chance in the major first to see if that’s the case. His lack of discipline doesn’t thrill me but he might be able to mash some.
    As far as versatility goes, I am thinking of putting him at DH. He can play 1b okay, prolly masqueade a bit at third.

  78. Fran the original March 4th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Even after my suggestion to make your advantage more equal and fair?
    ***********
    GB,
    I figured if I was nice to you, you’d help me since you are so good at this stuff :)

  79. LGY March 4th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    GB,

    Why isn’t Rene Rivera in the mix? :)

  80. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Cervelli really shouldn’t miss a whole lot of the season, maybe the first couple weeks so he’s still a valuable guy as a back up in the organization….but I do hate that he won’t get a chance to compete this spring. Montero now needs to do his part and leave no question what the choice is….

  81. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    How many AB’s would Vazquez get at DH?
    Wouldn’t want to be the one to tell Jorge he has a partner.

  82. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    By the way, XM Radio is in Tampa today and will be broadcasting from Legends Field until 6:00 p.m. Right now, they’re inteviewing Hughes. Phil says Montero is drastically a better catcher now than he was last spring training. He said the Yankees did a lot of work with Montero since then.

  83. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Champ,

    I know you believe every prospect is going to contribute to the Yankees.

    Jorge is almost 30 years old and is still in AAA. That’s a AAAA player.

    He has no future with the Yankees.

    If the Yankees thought he did, they wouldn’t have signed Chavez AND Belliard for the same spot on the roster Jorge would occupy this off-season.

    He won’t get 50 major league AB’s with the Yankees. Not this year or any other year.

  84. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Was Montero really battling Cervelli for the BUC?
    Doesn’t make sense.
    Just a matter of time.

  85. Cashmoney March 4th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Mick, not many, I am curious to see how he does against ml competition.

  86. PhiltheThrill March 4th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I don’t think Cervelli was particularly in Montero’s way, but they avoid an uncomfortable conversation this way. Minor league rehabs can go on and on.

  87. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Well, Fran, that’s true. Sharing your M&Ms is a very generous thing for you to do. I’ll take my share out of the bag first. They’re under your share.

  88. BoJo March 4th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Montero’s song should be, “Jesus Christ, Superstar”.
    ____________________
    Brilliant! I like it!

  89. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    How many DH’s do people want to carry on the roster?

    Posada, Arod (on his half days off), Montero.

    All 3 are much better hitters than Vazquez.

    He has no role with this team.

  90. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Jorge is almost 30 years old and is still in AAA. That’s a AAAA player.

    To be fair to Jorge, he was playing in the mexican league until he was 26. He only entered the yankee system 2 years ago as a 27 year old. And he made it to AAA in 1.2 seasons.

  91. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    # Cashmoney March 4th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Mick, not many, I am curious to see how he does against ml competition.
    ================
    He will but not with us.

  92. RadioKev March 4th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    SJ44,

    Maybe some people suggest Hal is cheap (foolishly) because he’s not constantly in the spotlight practically waving his money around like his father. Or perhaps it’s because they’re focusing on spending money wisely rather than throwing money around.

  93. Jacob Ruppert March 4th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I am wondering how Posada is going to adjust to the DH role.

    I also wonder if Posada will be able to catch the occasional game, totaling 10-15 on the season?

  94. Jacob Ruppert March 4th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    SJ44
    3:27 was directed at you. Thanks in advance.

  95. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I wonder if Montero lets up a little knowing he is in the drivers seat.
    Hope not.

  96. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    So the biggest question mark is down to who our utility IF is?
    Pena or Nunez?.

  97. Joe from Long Island March 4th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    mick – I’d guess that neither Girardi nor Tony Pena will allow him to let up.

  98. Cashmoney March 4th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    How many DH’s do people want to carry on the roster?
    ———-
    Mainly, Posada. I was going with Jerk alt plan of catching Po and leaving M in the minor 20 days.
    In that case, giving J. Vaz some abs or when Po catches might not be a bad idea.

  99. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Peavy not looking all that bad….if he comes back healthy and can give them something at the back of that rotation then the White Sox will be pretty darn good.

  100. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I think Posada’s days of catching are over.

    I think he will adjust fine to being a DH because he’s had all off-season to mentally prepare for it.

    Jerkface,

    Most scouts view the Mexican League as equivalent to AA in the states.

    If that’s the case, his movement within the system isn’t all that rapid. Especially for his age.

  101. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Cashman will be on XM Radio right after 4:00 p.m.

  102. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    # Joe from Long Island March 4th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    mick – I’d guess that neither Girardi nor Tony Pena will allow him to let up.
    ============================================
    Keep that fire lit!

  103. Erin March 4th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Teams often delay promotion of top prospects so arbitration clock doesn’t start. (ie Strasburg). Cashman says no such issue w/ Jesus Montero

  104. Niki March 4th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I feel so bad for Cervelli. He’s a good kid. Hope his foot heals quickly.

  105. jacksquat March 4th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    As a fan of Cervelli, the human being, this is sad news.
    As a fan of the New York Yankees, its never bad news when your top prospect has the door kicked wide open.

    Ditto.

    Montero has looked pretty acceptable behind the plate, at least, and that was really the only thing that could have kept him from the major league club, unless you think ownership will try to extend their control.

    Poor Cervelli may get Pipp’d.

    On the other hand, Cervelli did get an opportunity far sooner than normal.

  106. BoJo March 4th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    All the more reason to get Jesus’ feet wet
    ____________
    Is that like a “baptism?”

  107. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I love the thought of Montero coming up now.
    Who knows if Martin will be here and healthy a month or 2 from now.
    Let him learn on the fly from Posada, Pena, Girardi and Martin.
    Martin might not be ready to catch everyday.

  108. BoJo March 4th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Erin March 4th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Teams often delay promotion of top prospects so arbitration clock doesn’t start. (ie Strasburg). Cashman says no such issue w/ Jesus Montero
    __________
    That seals it…Montero is new BUC

  109. Jacob Ruppert March 4th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks for the insight.

  110. BoJo March 4th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I can envision Cervelli going down to AAA and splitting time with Romine…perhaps even picking up 1B, 3B, and corner OF gloves and expanding his versatility. Then coming back as BUC to Montero in 2012. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Francisco.

  111. champ809 March 4th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    As I said Vazquez right now is insurance in case Posada were to get hurt and may position himself for a DH role on the 2012 Yanks.

    And it’s not that I think that every prospect will have a future with the Yanks but instead I’m very sure that the ones that I’m high do. Go back and check you’ll see my track record for this stuff is pretty spot on on this blog.

    in fact SJ I’ve been enjoying reading you salivate now about the very same guys that I was high on this blog 2 yrs ago….back then they were insignificant to you.

  112. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Yanks might not be counting on Martin to be healthy come August and hoping Montero can takeover fulltime by then.

  113. West Coast Yankee Fan March 4th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Catching is not an issue, it will work out one way or another.

    It’s all about the starting pitching. How Burnett, Hughes and Nova do will go a long way to deciding what kind of year we have in my opinion.

  114. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    So the bench is set with Chavez, Jones, Nunez and Montero.
    That sounds better than what we have had in the past.
    Come out smokin and take that Winter crown away from the rs.

  115. champ809 March 4th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    SJ

    actually his movement in the system has been rapid and mainly impeded due to injury.

    They started him at AA Trentom with Montero in ’09 and he was killing the league until he suffered a season ending injury.

    They then asked him to dedicate himself to better conditioning which he’s done and he had a nice year last year in AAA and more important became servicable with the glove at both 1B and 3B. If he continues on that path of better conditioning and improving his defense then he could certainly have a future role with the Yanks as a power bat.

    I ‘ve got a feeling that he kills it offensively this year in Scranton

  116. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    “So the bench is set with Chavez, Jones, Nunez and Montero.”

    I don’t think it’s set yet but I like that if Chavez remains healthy. Covers every position on the field and gives some offensive upside off the bench with guys that could pinch hit as well.

  117. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    CC, AJ, Phil, Nova and Freddy in that order.

    2 leftys, mo and so, joba, robo ,mitre.

  118. J. Alfred Prufrock March 4th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Montero’s song should be, “Jesus Christ, Superstar”.
    ____________________
    Brilliant! I like it!

    ///
    Unless John Sterling’s picking it, more likely something from Tres Duenos.

  119. joeman March 4th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    plain and simple…who would you rather have as a backup catcher this season..Cervelli or Montero…..there isn’t only one choice

  120. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I ‘ve got a feeling that he kills it offensively this year in Scranton
    =========================================
    Then what a trade chip he will be.

  121. West Coast Yankee Fan March 4th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Montero in a landslide.

  122. Cashmoney March 4th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Chavez remaining healthy and tangentially providing LH power off the bench is a huge if to me. otherwise, he is just another pena.

  123. Irreverent Discourse March 4th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    If my memory serves correct, this won’t blow Cervelli’s last option either, because he’s “rehabbing” in the minors.

  124. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I don’t think it’s set yet but I like that if Chavez remains healthy.
    =========================================
    blake, don’t you think chavez can make it thru ST?

  125. Warning Track Power March 4th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Just read the terrible news about Cervelli’s injury. The guy has bad luck during ST. I feel bad for him. It was reported Cervelli worked very hard in the off-season. Now he’ll have to work extra hard to rehab and get back in his feet.

    Doesn’t it seem like when a team has a battle for roster spots, injuries factor into the equation and at the end of the day, things are worked out.

  126. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    mick,

    I don’t know…I hope so.

  127. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Champ,

    Jorge Vazquez is not the backup at DH for the Yankees. Not now and not in 2012 and your track with prospects is spotty at best.

    If the Yankees felt Vazquez had a role on the team, they wouldn’t have signed Chavez and Belliard for the only roster spot on the team Vazquez can earn.

    The Yankees aren’t keeping him to be a full-time DH. He has no role in that position.

    I’ll make a friendly wager with you.

    Vazquez won’t get 50 career AB’s in NY. Deal?

  128. Cashmoney March 4th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I ‘ve got a feeling that he kills it offensively this year in Scranton
    =========================================
    Then what a trade chip he will be.
    ==========
    or he can be an asset on the bench.

  129. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Pena should go down and play the OF.

  130. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Cliff Lee on baseball tonight now at Disney….anybody in Florida available to go throw tomatoes?

  131. Warning Track Power March 4th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Mick-I would love to have a vet like Chavez make the team, but his history of injuries makes me very cautious. He has to prove to himself and the team that he can remain healthy enough to produce when called upon.

  132. Irreverent Discourse March 4th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Vazquez and Igawa, the AAAA all-stars.

  133. PhiltheThrill March 4th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Montero should play at least as much as Martin.

  134. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    or he can be an asset on the bench.
    =======================
    There is really no room for a pure hitter only on the bench.
    They must be versatile as all 4 are in the field.

  135. Cashmoney March 4th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    If the Yankees felt Vazquez had a role on the team, they wouldn’t have signed Chavez and Belliard for the only roster spot on the team Vazquez can earn.
    ———–
    SJ, maybe the possibility exists that the Yanks feel like he might be able to play a role but is quite uncertain he can thus getting ml has been to provide a healthy competition.

  136. The Mick536 March 4th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    So much for listening to a player who says I am OK.

  137. Wave Your Hat March 4th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I’d have preferred the Yanks take the long view with Montero and bring him up after his Super 2 danger is past. However, with Cervelli out that seems less likely. Guess I’ll live in the moment. Go get Liriano.

  138. Cashmoney March 4th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    like I said Mick, Chavez will provide almost no value if he can’t stay healthy and hit. J. Vaz is a 1b by trade and is not an absolute butcher at 3b, the little he played in AA and AAA.

  139. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    would colon and prior take a minor league assignment?

  140. Warning Track Power March 4th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    PhiltheThrill March 4th, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    Montero should play at least as much as Martin.
    ***********************************************************************
    No, no and no again.

    If Montero goes up north with the Yankees, he will not get the same number of starts behind the plate as Martin in April. No chance.
    Girardi has said with a player like Montero, he can be “broken in slowly”. Similar to how Posada was broken in slowly as a back up.

  141. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    “Go get Liriano if the price is right”

    fixed :)

  142. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Cashmoney,

    If that was the case, they would have signed one vet and not two. In particular Belliard.

    That send the smoke signal the Yankees don’t view him as an option to make the team. Especially in the long term.

  143. Wave Your Hat March 4th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Nah blake, I’m living for NOW.

  144. Warning Track Power March 4th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Mick-I think Prior would and fully expects to be sent down to the minors to work on his pitching on ST ends. The man has not pitched in years, so he could use time in the minors to get his arm into shape.

    As for Colon, well if he loses the battle with Nova and Freddy, I think Colon might consider the assignment, as long as his contract has some sort of verbage that allows him to be a free agent if the Yankees do not call him up by a specific date.

  145. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Wave,

    the future will be now someday….who you sending to Minny for him?

  146. mick March 4th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    looking at vazquez’ mil fielding you are right he is not an absolute butcher but a total one.
    how many times did he make 8 errors in a season at 1st or 3rd?

  147. Wave Your Hat March 4th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    “the future will be now someday….who you sending to Minny for him?”

    As little as possible, but that might not be so little.

  148. SJ44 March 4th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    After the way Liriano threw today, trading for him may be the farthest thing the Yankees, or any team, will be doing right now.

    He threw like a guy who has shoulder issues.

  149. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I’d have preferred the Yanks take the long view with Montero and bring him up after his Super 2 danger is past.

    I don’t think the yankees should be worried about super-two, they’ll buy out most of his arbitration anyways like Cano. Its the extra year before free agency I think they’d concern themselves with since thats an extra year away from bidding against the rest of the league.

    Plus super-two takes too long to avoid.

  150. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Prior is going to accept a AAA assignment. Garcia has an opt out, and I think Colon might too.

  151. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    As for the ideal spot for Vazquez to play, it would be back to sharing first base with Juan Miranda. They could protect each other, because they are pretty much platoon types. Neither one is a complete player, together, they are passable. They’re both sides of Erubiel Durazo.

  152. blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    “He threw like a guy who has shoulder issues.”

    perhaps why the Twins were shopping him at all….

  153. Wave Your Hat March 4th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    “Plus super-two takes too long to avoid.”

    Like I said, live for now.

  154. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    blake March 4th, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    “Go get Liriano if the price is right”

    fixed

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Liriano for Jorge Vazquez?

  155. mick March 4th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    NEW ===>>>>>>

  156. blake March 4th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    “Liriano for Jorge Vazquez?”

    Sounds good….insurance for Morneu’s concussion issues :)

  157. Wave Your Hat March 4th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    “After the way Liriano threw today, trading for him may be the farthest thing the Yankees, or any team, will be doing right now.”

    Oh no I’m sure the Yanks would not even dream of having any medical exams first…

  158. Wave Your Hat March 4th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Anyway, I don’t have access to Twins’ ST televised games.

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