Sorry I’ve been away. My computer died and I had to get a new one. I’m still trying to figure the new one out (new operating system, etc.)
Last year’s catchers were terrible offensively. Cervelli (before he got hurt), Stewart, Romine and Murphy—the latter two just rookies—combined to hit just .213 with 8 HR.
That has changed. The Yankees signed former Brave Brian McCann to a five-year deal worth $85MM, with an option for a sixth year which could take the deal to $100MM.
McCann turns 30 in February. He is a 7x All-Star and 5x Silver Slugger. Since becoming a full-timer in 2006, his average line since then is .277-21-80, which is Posada-like numbers. OPS+118. He is a middle of the order threat.
Compare this to Stewart’s .211-4-25, OPS+ 57 of last year, or the rookie Romine’s .207-1-10, OPS+ 51.
The next question is what this deal will mean for Cervelli, Stewart, Romine, Murphy or even Sanchez. I’d dump Cervelli (50 game suspension last year as well as the injuries) and Stewart (good defense but can’t hit a lick), and decide on which of the prospects to keep. Since McCann is signed for five years (and with a no-trade clause), you may see two of the prospects dealt. After all, the Yanks have to fill holes elsewhere as well, and using the prospects in a trade–especially when they are blocked by McCann right now—makes sense.