The parity that has been created by the second Wild Card spot in Major League Baseball has seriously complicated the big picture when it comes to the MLB trade deadline.
Deals between traditional buyers and sellers are less for any number of reasons, including the fact that more teams think they are in the race for longer. That means some swaps that are “need” for “need” and players on the move who are under team control beyond 2014.
Teams look to sure up their playoff chances but also consider the long term. It is in that vein that trade rumors have emerged linking the New York Yankees to the Chicago White Sox and the Colorado Rockies and a possible trade for catcher Francisco Cervelli.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post:
Maybe it is seen by Joe Girardi as the best alignment with Mark Teixeira out, but a few executives felt Francisco Cervelli was being showcased because he has caught the Yankees’ last four games with Brian McCann moving to first base — including a day game Thursday after a rain-shortened night game Wednesday.
The Rockies and White Sox are both known to be looking for catching, and both have liked Cervelli in the past.
Cervelli is batting .293/.339/.414 in just 20 big league games so far in 2014. The Yankees are using him out of need, but it will be interesting to see if that turns into a showcase for a potential trade. If it does, it will be a nice way for them to maximize the value of a 28-year-old who has never played more than 93 games in one season.