NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Yankees made a couple quick moves on Wednesday before finalizing Spring Training and heading to Tropicana Field to begin the regular season against the Rays on Friday.

The Bombers acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the Giants on Wednesday in exchange for right-handed pitcher George Kontos, according to the team.

“We thought we needed to improve our depth,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told WFAN host Mike Francesa.

Stewart will begin the season as the backup catcher on the big league roster, as Francisco Cervelli has been optioned to Triple-A.

“[Cervelli] is going to be back at some point,” Girardi said. “He just needs to work and just do the things you do.”

“We feel Cervelli is a Major League backup,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman added when speaking to reporters.

Stewart hit .204 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 67 games with San Francisco last season, while Cervelli batted .266 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 43 games for New York.

Do you like the move, or does Cervelli deserve to be on the Opening Day roster? Let us know…

Comments (10)
  1. Lou says:

    Cashman should learn the saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” This move does not make much sense. He seems to have a bit of George in him.

  2. flea says:

    Stewart gets roster spot without a single at bat. I don’t blame Cervelli for being upset.

  3. Mike says:

    they have a ton of prospects that they never bring up or give a shot to because they do stupid moves like this

  4. ralph says:

    what is cashman thinking, Cervelli added a little life and hustle—- the INTANGEABLES

  5. RNK says:

    Cashman and Girardi are too smart for their own good. Cervelli wasnt really my cup of tea but when he got a chance he produced. He probably breathed a sigh
    of relief when Montero was traded for the injured paw Pineda but Cashman
    always has his some “clever” trick up his sleeve to keep everyone nervous. Too
    bad he isnt more judicious when it comes to matters of the heart.Sometimes
    you just have to leave well enough alone.

  6. mike says:

    what people don’t seem to realize is that cervelli threw out 14% of baserunners last year which is abysmal and Stewart threw out 39% which is great. Obviously cervelli is a better hitter, though not great, but backup catchers need to be able to field and throw which he hasn’t yet shown. maybe if he catches regularly at triple-a he will.

  7. dabooch says:

    Montero move now this, what a jackass Cashman is.

  8. steve says:

    Dumb, Hes a good backup with some clutch in him.

  9. Jill Poock says:

    Very very stupid move..

  10. Hank says:

    Pretty stupid move. How is a guy who batted 204 in the majors.

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