The Bombers acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the Giants on Wednesday in exchange for right-handed pitcher George Kontos, according to the team.READ MORE: Connecticut Man Who Tested Positive For Omicron Variant Resting At Home With Mild Symptoms, Gov. Lamont Says
“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.READ MORE: Bob Dole, Former Senate GOP Leader And Presidential Nominee, Dies At 98
“[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.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Man Stabbed In Thigh During Robbery In Theater District
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