Montero among Yankees cuts

The Yankees have whittled their spring decisions down to a remaining few, announcing several transactions after Monday’s contest against the Rays was cancelled due to rain.

New York has added six-time Gold Glove Award winner Eric Chavez to the roster as a reserve corner infielder, while selecting Eduardo Nunez over Ramiro Pena as the backup middle infielder.

The Yankees also deleted catching prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine from the competition to serve as the backup to Russell Martin, leaving journeyman Gustavo Molina as the last contender standing.

“I know Romine and me, we are not going to the big leagues right now, but we’re thinking about playing in the big leagues one day,” Montero said. “We’re waiting for the opportunity. We’re trying to do our best.”

Montero, Pena, outfielder Justin Maxwell and infielder Doug Bernier have been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while Romine has been optioned to Double-A Trenton.

Also among Monday’s announcements, infielder Ronnie Belliard has been released and right-hander Mark Prior – hoping to return to the Major Leagues for the first time since 2006 – will remain behind with Class-A Tampa as he continues to transition to relief work.

“I know there’s still a lot of things I can improve on and work on, being in different situations,” Prior said. “I think overall I surprised a lot of people that I can still hold my own at this level. I know I can.”

The Yankees are also in the process of selling the rights to right-hander Romulo Sanchez to a Japanese team. Sanchez is out of Minor League options.


We shall see. At this point Sanchez has a much longer way to go in terms of development. Romine has more than enough of a bat and is solid enough to stay ahead of Sanchez. Only way Sanchez will get past Romine is if his offensive stats improve to the point where they are actually better. Right now it’s Romine.


The way I read it, if they all stay healthy, Sanchez has the highest ceiling. Romine could be the starter for a few years, but Sanchez will push him to number two.


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Gustavo Molina is the plan unless something else comes along quickly. Girardi was non-committal yesterday, saying that “as of now” Molina would be going north with the team on Tuesday. I’m sure his bags are packed but it’s not a total lock.


Gary Sanchez is the future catcher of the Yanks. He’s only 18, at 17 last yr in single a he hit 353. Yanks paid $3m for him when he was 16. Montero will be trade bait once the paper thin pitching staff weakens.


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I believe that Gustave Molina is the backup catcher for now.


I hope not, he really really stinks.


Sado should have been given some reps if they had planned to use him as a back-up, even in an emergency, this present catching corp is brittle at best. Also the once mighty NYY catching squad has fallen behind even the Boston catching situation. IMO Cashman should have signed John Buck, and worked from there, how could he not know Montero wasn’t ready? and Cervelli is always hurt. It’s a shame the prospect they touted so highly is nothing more then trade bait, they’ll keep him at catcher and hype him as a power hitting catcher, that’s his ceiling Re: value.


The backup catcher won’t be Posada. Girardi is concerned about the repeated concussions he’s had and will consider him only in an emergency.


I guess we will be seeing Jorge behind the dish till Cerevelli comes back from injury


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