HERE... writing "...the Yankees don’t have a catcher on the roster or in the system capable of being a No. 1 catcher." That simple sentence stood out to me, because, King's right...he's always right.
HERE. Is it a big deal? Well, in the sense that we have no top catcher on the Yankees right now, it is a big deal, but now we need to see who the men are and who the mice are. Don't know what I mean? Enter Francisco Cervelli ladies and gentlemen.
Austin Romine. Logically, you have to daydream at this moment and wonder what Yankeeland would have felt like if Jesus Montero was still in our farm system, or better yet, backing up Martin all season. If that was the case, there would be no panic in Yankeeland right now. We would logically pass the torch to Montero and hope he would shine. But those days are over and we are left with Cervelli and Romine. Not exactly a bad problem, just an interesting one.
Both guys are good, but not great. Plus,
don't forget, the Yanks signed Eli Whiteside only to designate him for
assignment (read HERE) when the Andy Pettitte signing became official.
What we got ain't much, but it's something.
But back to my man vs. mouse analysis. This is the time when we see what Francisco Cervelli sees... he sees an opportunity, a huge opportunity. The question is, will he fight for it or let it pass him by. A better question... Will he get it? The answer... Doubtful. It's nuts to think about this, but I have never felt like Cervelli got a fair shot in New York, ever. I feel like Yankees treat the guy like a black sheep, an embarrassment and whenever he shows up, they push him to the back of the room. Well, truth be told, only 1 man can push to make this situation work in his favor and that's Francisco Cervelli.
Don't forget, Cervelli had a terrific Spring Training in 2012 and on the last day, he was told to
go to AAA and the Yanks traded for Chris Stewart as their backup to
Martin. While Stewart did fine and was better defensively than
Cervelli, there is no doubt Cisco got screwed. It's my opinion that the heart in Cervelli is so big, his energy
is so visible that I would have made him the backup. It's logical... He
had earned it last spring and should have been there.
Mike Napoli for weeks along with other teams. The Yankees will be heading into the Winter Meetings looking for a number 1 catcher right now...and disregarding Cervelli once again, probably making him feel like a second class citizen and trust me, if it happens again, and I'm Francisco Cervelli... I walk.
Look, the time is now. The Yankees either need to give our youngsters a shot, or they'll upgrade via trade or free agent. But something needs to happen. Do we need to panic? Not exactly. Sure, Martin was a great defensive catcher, but like my friend Bob wrote on Twitter last night:
Joe Mauer? Austin Romine? Kelly Shoppach? Who the hell knows... but Cash knows what he's doing... I trust him... so let's wait and see.
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