The Miami Marlins are trying to bring in an old friend of the boss.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported on Sunday that the Marlins like free agent catcher Francisco Cervelli, a former teammate of Miami CEO Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees, and are working to sign him.
The 33-year-old Cervelli, who hit .213 in 48 games last season between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves, is a well-respected veteran. He was teammates with Jeter on the Yankees for seven seasons from 2008 to 2014, including their World Series title run in 2009.
In any case, Cervelli is probably on way better terms with The Captain than he is with one of his other ex-Yankee teammates.
In a rather strange turnabout, Francisco Cervelli has said he was misquoted after claiming to be done catching.
The Pittsburgh Pirates veteran was quoted by local journalist Dejan Kovacevic as saying he was “done” with catching after his sixth concussion and that he simply couldn’t handle it anymore.
“That’s enough,” Cervelli was quoted as saying. “This time is different. I can’t live like this.”
On Saturday, six days after Kovacevic’s story was posted, Cervelli told Pittsburgh media that he’d been misquoted and never said he was finished with catching.
Cervelli had shared similar sentiments in an Instagram post on Friday evening.
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“Saying that I quit from my catcher responsibilities is inaccurate. My hope is to catch again. Not being in the catcher spot right now is part of the process of recovery from several concussions that have forced me to stop and think about my health beyond my baseball years, that have made me reflect on my health and my life in general and how my decisions affect other people that want the best for me in the long run. I keep working hard, there’s no other way for me to do things. I love baseball but I also have to take care of myself. I want to take care of myself and have quality of life now and hopefully from many more years This requires to reinvent myself, have patience and keep working In other words, to my fans, rest assured that I am working hard on my recovery and I will come back with more strength and the same passion I have always had for this sport. That, I can assure you: I have nothing other than passion, gratitude and love for what I do, for this sport. This isn’t just a job for me. This is part of my life and I can’t live my life without injecting passion and energy, heart and mind into what I do, whatever that is. " Decir que “renuncié” a ser catcher es exagerado . . Que no esté en la receptoría ahora mismo, es parte de mi proceso de recuperación de varias contusiones que me han obligado a parar y pensar en mí mismo más allá de mi carrera; que me han hecho reflexionar sobre mi salud y mi vida, y que involucra a muchas personas que quieren lo mejor para mí . . Yo, por mi parte, sigo trabajando duro, no puedo hacerlo de otra forma. Amo el beisbol, pero también quiero cuidarme y vivir una vida de calidad . . Eso implica reinventarme, tener paciencia y seguir trabajando. . Así que tranquilos, que me estoy recuperando y regresaré con más fuerza y las mismas ganas de siempre, porque eso sí tengo yo: ganas, pasión y amor por lo que hago . Esto no es un simple trabajo para mí, esto es parte de mi vida y yo no puedo vivir mi vida de otra manera que no sea poniéndole el corazón y pasión a lo que hago, sea lo que sea.
Kovacevic responded in a separate article, stating that Cervelli had simply changed his mind. He claimed that a team official had not objected to the report before it was published, and that Cervelli’s only frustration was that it had run before he’d met with a doctor on Wednesday.
The timing of all this is odd, as Cervelli’s quotes were fairly big news around baseball, especially when compounded with a plate collision in Houston last weekend. Cervelli let the story spread before waiting six days to dispute it, and while it’s true that he and the media didn’t have access to each other during the All-Star break, he could have issued a statement on Instagram as he ultimately did Friday. The main takeaway, however, is that Cervelli still wants to catch if at all possible.
The market for available catchers this offseason could be even more saturated.
In addition to all the available free agents, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports that the Toronto Blue Jays are willing to trade Russell Martin, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are open to dealing Francisco Cervelli.
Martin, who turns 36 in February, was brutal last season. He batted just .194 in 94 games. He at least walked his usual amount though, boosting his on-base percentage to a respectable .338. He is owed $20 million next season and has steadily declined in each year since signing a five-year, $82 million deal with the Jays.
Cervelli, who turns 32 in March, is owed $11.5 million next season. He is coming off a strong season for the Pirates. He batted .259 with an .809 OPS. His 12 homers and 57 RBIs were the best marks of his career.
Brian McCann, Kurt Suzuki and Jeff Mathis have already signed this offseason. Other catchers on the market include Yasmani Grandal, Wilson Ramos, Martin Maldonado, Robinson Chirinos, Evan Gattis, Matt Wieters, Devin Mesoraco and Jonathan Lucroy, so there will be plenty of options if you include Martin and Cervelli in the mix.
For most teams, we’re a quarter of the way through the Major League Baseball season, and right about at the point that teams can begin assessing what their prospects are. It’s also a point where we can review performances to date and look at who’s struggling and who’s starring for each team. Here, we’re going to be focusing on the players who have led their teams, no matter how the club is doing in the grand scheme of things.
Here is the best player for each MLB team so far in 2018.
Arizona Diamondbacks — A.J. Pollock, OF
A couple of pitchers have a case here, but in a year where the Arizona offense has been surprisingly underwhelming, Pollock has carried them. The outfielder is hitting .293 with 11 home runs and 10 doubles, easily pacing the team in OPS. Unfortunately he is expected to miss 4-8 weeks with a thumb injury, because he was working on a potential MVP season before that.
Francisco Cervelli says Colorado catcher Tony Wolters was looking for a fight, which helped spark a benches-clearing incident on Wednesday between the Pirates and Rockies.
Cervelli was hit by a pitch from Rockies pitcher German Marquez in the bottom of the fifth. The Pittsburgh catcher was slow to make it up the line and exchanged words with Wolters, leading the benches to eventually clear:
After the game, Cervelli indicated Wolters instigated things.
“After I got hit I looked at Marquez, and that’s it,” Cervelli said via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Bill Brink. “I was about to take off my gear, but Wolters started saying a lot of things, and I didn’t like it. … As a catcher, your job is avoid the fight and not just be talking and looking for a fight.”
The Pirates didn’t put up much of a fight on the field as they lost 5-1. It was Cervelli’s first game since returning from the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Not even a cup could protect Francisco Cervelli from experiencing momentous amounts of pain after he was hit in the nuts by a foul tip during Wednesday’s Yankees-Tigers game.
As soon as Cervelli went down, a Yankees trainer bolted out of the dugout to assist him. While Cervelli was trying to regain his wind, the trainer had his hand on Cervelli’s collarbone, causing the YES announcers to briefly believe that’s where the catcher was struck. After another replay, they realized he was actually hit in the worst region possible.
Clearly everything was knocked out of him. Poor guy.
See all the other nut shots we’ve posted here at LBS over the years.
Just when we thought the Alex Rodriguez saga could not get any more interesting, a report from “60 Minutes” comes along that indicates A-Rod’s inner circle may be responsible for Ryan Braun and New York Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelli being outed for their involvement with Biogenesis.
Back in January, the Miami New Times published a report that included a spreadsheet which showed Rodriguez and other players’ alleged involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. The hand-written documents came straight from Biogenesis boss Anthony Bosch, but Braun and Cervelli’s names were redacted.
Just days later, Yahoo! Sports followed up with a report that included unredacted versions of the documents. Both Braun and Cervelli were mentioned in the second report. Two sources with “direct knowledge” of the matter reportedly told “60 Minutes” that Rodriguez’s camp leaked the unredacted documents to Yahoo! Sports. A-Rod’s lawyer David Cornwell denied the claim.
“The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex — this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game,” Cornwell said in a statement. “While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues.”
[Related: A-Rod says this is the calmest he has felt in his career since Seattle]
Why would A-Rod be so adamant about bringing others down with him? The logical explanation would be that it would take some of the attention off himself, with another superstar like Braun also being tied to Biogenesis. The confusing thing is Rodriguez’s name was listed alongside Braun and other players in the documents, yet he is reportedly fighting to have his entire suspension wiped clean while the other players have accepted their punishment.
The popular belief is that A-Rod was given a longer suspension for interfering with MLB’s investigation. If his camp is found to have leaked documents while the investigation was ongoing, that would not look good for Rodriguez.
H/T Sports Illustrated