From Joel Sherman (NY Post):
Also, the Yanks continue to mull what is their best roster construction when Jose Molina returns from the DL. They love the energy and defense Francisco Cervelli has brought, but wonder if holding three catchers is prudent since they are not prepared yet to make Jorge Posada more of a full-time DH.I floated the possibility to a few Yankee officials of following the Met path: The Mets liked how Omir Santos played while Ramon Castro and starter Brian Schneider were on the DL, so when it was time to activate Castro, the Mets decided to trade him instead (to the White Sox) and commit to Santos as the backup. Could the Yanks look to deal Molina rather than activate him and commit to Cervelli as the backup? Yankee officials say there are no current plans to do that.
I think holding 3 catchers is a waste of roster space. For the past few days I’ve wondered why the Yankees don’t consider moving Molina if they like Cervelli as much as they say they do. Molina reportedly worked on his stamina in the offseason so that he could play the entire year if Jorge’s shoulder was a continued issue, therefore, if a team can absorb the impact of his weak bat, then they could possibly make a run at him as a full-time player. Plus, his defensive value is still very real, whether he’s a backup or an everyday guy. However, if you’re wondering what the Yankees could get for Molina, that’s the problem. I don’t see them getting anything very useful—i.e., a bullpen arm, etc—in return, especially if Molina is owed $2 million in the current market. It’s Jose Molina, not Mark DeRosa. Maybe that’s the case and they would rather hold on to him for that reason.
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