Officials from Yankees have informed that the New York club was on the verge of trading off their backup backstop Frankie Cervelli. According to reports, Cervelli was involved in a trade deal which would have seen right-hander Brad Lincoln arrive from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Sources have revealed that the deal was being formulated sometime over last weekend. It is still not clear why the proceedings fell apart however there is no point in denying that Cervelli came very close to the transfer.
News around the block is that both clubs could not agree on the players’ values. Although negotiations could have continued, the rift between the two parties was so great that everyone decided to leave the table.
Had Cervelli been transferred it would have created a spot on Yankees’ roster. The move could have helped with the transfer of Jesus Montero to Yankees. As it seems, fans will now have to wait a bit more for the exchange to occur.
Rife rumors are suggesting that Montero has a strong chance of joining Yankees before the September call ups. With the date growing closer by the day pundits expect Montero to join Yankees sooner rather than later.
The call ups of Adam Warren and George Kontos to Yankees have been predicted. Officials have hinted that Yankees will have a clearer picture of the whole saga by the end of this weekend.
Experts suggest the transfer of 26-year-old Lincoln is inevitable. Lincoln was the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft and analysts reckoned him to be one of the next big-thing on field. Sadly, injuries brought a halt in Lincoln’s career.
Lincoln fell to unfortunate injuries such as the Tommy John Surgery. The medical issues unavoidably affected Lincoln’s MLB career, still the player manages to impress with his statistics.
Lincoln’s career in MLB consists of a 5.25 FIP in 58.2 IP although he has been marvelous in Triple-A. Statistics rank him as Pirates’ 4th best prospect prior to the 2010 season. Lincoln can boast about that with his two plus pitches at around 90-93 mph. His fastest throws can reach up to speeds of 95 mph.
Being assisted with a killer curveball that knows how to break big late, Lincoln is an exceptionally talented player. With growing interest on the player, clubs are bound to step in and attempt to acquire Lincoln’s services but that is if his career remains free of medical injuries.