With the addition of Travis Hafner, the Yankees have their regular lineup pretty much set. They’re still figuring out some alternatives to use against lefties, but the regular lineup against right-handers is more or less in place, with one notable exception: The Yankees still don’t have a starting catcher. It’s been this way ever since Russell Martin signed with the Pirates and Brian Cashman said he would likely stick with his in-house options.
The Yankees weren’t willing to top Pittsburgh’s two-year, $17-million offer to Martin, they weren’t crazy about A.J. Pierzynski, and the rest of the catching market was limit. And so the Yankees have done exactly what Cashman said he would: Nothing at all. They’ve signed Bobby Wilson to a minor league deal, but that’s hardly a game changer. Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart seem to be the favorites for the job, with the Yankees saying they still expect Austin Romine to open the season in Triple-A.
Spring decision: Starting catcher
The LoHud Yankees Blog | Feb 6