Marlins Sign Cervelli to 1-Year Deal
The rather intriguing Miami Marlins continue to bring in some nice veteran talent to mix up with your young players. According to multiple reports, The Marlins have agreed to a 1-year $2 million deal with catcher Francisco Cervelli.
Many reporters had asked Michael Hill, Marlins President of Baseball Ops, at the winter meetings about the likelihood of signing a backup for Jorge Alfaro. Hill advised that it is something they had spoken about internally but it was not a priority for the team at the time. However, it seems the team felt that Cervelli could be a great fit as a player and in a “coaching” role for the young guys.
Cervelli was a teammate of Derek Jeter from 2008-2014 when he played for the Yankees. Cervilli has had a 12-year career playing with the Yankees, Pirates, and just a few games for the Braves that came at the end of last year. Cervelli has always been an average hitter but consistent at that. He does not provide a power threat of any kind only hitting 38 homeruns in over 2,500 plate appearances. Nevertheless, Cervelli is a dynamic game caller and excellent defensive catcher. Cervelli has a career .990 fielding percentage and a 24% CS rate.
Cervelli has suffered from a few concussions over his career which has limited his time on the field over the years. There had been rumors going around that due these injuries, that Cervelli did not want to catch anymore. Since then, he has come out to say those reports were inaccurate and taken out of context. Cervelli is a great character ballplayer and is a nice fit to help the advancement of Jorge Alfaro and other young players coming up in the Marlins’ system.