Mark Teixeira's injury has allowed backup catcher Francisco Cervelli to get some extra playing time over the last few days with Brian McCann shifting over to cover first base, which may have had the added effect of showcasing Cervelli for a potential trade. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the White Sox and Rockies are both on the hunt for catching help and have both expressed interest in Cervelli before. The White Sox have John Danks, who the Yankees have shown a bit of interest in as of late, and the Rockies could part with Brett Anderson, Jorge De La Rosa, or Wilin Rosario. Rosario could catch and play some first base if Teixeira needs to hit the DL, according to Sherman.
Rumor has it that the Rockies asked the Orioles for Kevin Gausman in their talks about De La Rosa, so the asking price is starting out pretty high. That price is likely higher than the Yankees would or should want to go. The Rockies are also said to like Luis Severino, but it is hard to feel like he's worth trading for anyone in Colorado not named Troy Tulowitzki, if anyone. Sherman also mentions that the White Sox like John Ryan Murphy, who the Yankees are only likely to give up in a package for a bigger upgrade than Danks could provide.
With five catchers currently on the 40-man roster, it seems logical that that might be the first place the Yankees choose to deal from if someone is willing to give up an appropriate return. Brian Cashman seems willing to go with offensive or pitching upgrades, depending on which players are available in the market. None of the pitching names seem like slam-dunks, but the Yankees know that Chase Whitley is rapidly approaching critical mass in innings and there's no guarantee that Masahiro Tanaka returns this season. If an insurance policy only costs them Cervelli, they have to pull that trigger.
Which players from the Rockies and/or White Sox would you be interested in acquiring? Is there any player that would make you feel good about parting with Severino?
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