Close Call for Cervelli…

I really should have learned by now: every time my brother yells “Hey Virginia, come here!” to me to go see what he’s doing on the computer, it’s usually something I don’t want to see. Today was no different…

I really want to enjoy this day off from school. My brothers are both home, we are putting up the Christmas Tree later, it’s supposed to be a really great day. Now all I can think of is Cervelli…

My brother wanted to show me an article he found on the MLB Trade Rumors site:

Yankees, Five Others Interested In Russell Martin

The Yankees, who tried to trade for Russell Martin this week, are one of six teams interested in the 27-year-old free agent, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that the Yankees nearly sent Francisco Cervelli to the Dodgers for Martin (Twitter links). In fact, the Yankees and Dodgers even exchanged medical records on Wednesday. 

The Dodgers are nearing a deal with Rod Barajas, but they still have interest in re-signing Martin. Agent Matt Colleran says the Dodgers view his client differently than most teams do.

“They want to continue discussions with the idea that Russ could come back and catch, play second base and third and a little bit out of outfield to see if he likes something like that in the event he ever wants to transition from behind the plate,” Colleran said.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Royals, Rangers, Mariners, Mets or Brewers look to upgrade behind the plate. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that Martin, who is from Montreal, wants to play on the East Coast (Twitter link). 

                                      Apr. 27, 2010 - Washington, DC, United States of America - 24 April 2010: Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Russell Martin in action against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The Dodgers edged out the Nationals 4-3 in a thirteen inning game. ** Editorial Sales Only.

You can imagine what this did to me. I’m still in shock…the Yankees wanted to TRADE my Francisco Cervelli? What the heck has gotten into them this year? They’re having trouble signing Jeter, Cliff Lee is still not in pinstripes, and now this? WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO DO TO ME????

They were so close to trading him…

But for now, my baby is safe. I just heard that the Dodgers have non-tendered Russell Martin, which means he’s out there on the free agent market for all teams so see…which means that the Yankees don’t need to trade for him if they want him.

But just the fact that they wanted to trade Cervelli worries me: just because he’s not being traded for Russell Martin doesn’t mean they won’t trade him.

                                   New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli pumps his fist after catching a pop-up hit by Chicago White Sox's Omar Vizquel to end the game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on August 29, 2010. The Yankees won 2-1.   UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

And trading Francisco Cervelli would destroy me inside.

GOD I HATE THE OFFSEASON! It’s way, waaaay too stressful…

7 Comments

Don’t stress yet! Even if the Yankees did add Russell Martin to the mix, they’d let him and Cervelli (and Montero) compete for the job along with Jorge.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

The last thing you need at this time of year to stress over things outside of your control….
I still think the Jeter deal is just a mask to keep the press off the Lee dealings…

I personally don’t understand the Cervelli/Martin, because I would see that as an upgrade so much as a sideways move.

Glad you enjoyed Thanksgiving…

-peter
Phillies Outside

I don’t know what Martin would add to the table, let alone having to give up someone to get him. In what I saw last season Cervelli was fine behind the plate.
-Steve
section316.mlblogs.com

lol Virginia, I actually find this time of year exciting and entertaining, but maybe that’s because I’m not affiliated to any particular team.

I think Peter makes a good point when he says that there’s a lot of smoke being blown around to mask the Lee deal, which will surely happen in the very near future.

http://geoffh.mlblogs.com/

Sometimes your favorites end up going… I’ve been burned before. We all have. It’s part of the game… but I understand how upsetting it can be. Not quite there yet, Virginia! Keep ya head up!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

I like the hot stove. Even if favorites are in the rumor mill. Is like a all these different puzzles being put together.
that ws really a tough tough injury Russell suffered. I do feel for him. You have nothing to worry about him.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

That is the thing about the Winter Hot Stove, one moment a player is cozy by the home team fire and the next he is thrusted out into the cold driving towards a new team.
Still do not think Russell Martin is an upgrade over Cervelli.
At the price and with the upside Cervelli brings to the Yankees, it is a bit wild that they would even consider shipping him out.
Heck, it is not like he performed like Dioner Navarro before the pinstripes sent him to the Dodgers.
Hopefully you can remain calm, cool and collected until Cervelli needs to report to Tampa on February 13, 2011.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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