Yanks, Cervelli agree to one-year deal

January, 16, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Injuries, inactivity, a PED suspension -- and the threat of arbitration -- have paid off for Francisco Cervelli, who agreed Thursday to a one-year deal with the Yankees calling for a near $200,000 raise.

Cervelli, who after winning the starting catcher's job in spring training was limited to just 17 games last season due to a broken hand and later, an uncontested 50-game suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis, was paid $515,000 last season. According to a published report, he agreed to a $700,000 nonguaranteed contract for 2014.

And with the Yankees having signed Brian McCann this winter to a five-year deal to be their everyday catcher, Cervelli is once again relegated to backup duty, although he will likely have to battle Austin Romine and J.R. Murphy in spring training for that, too.

Cervelli, who will turn 28 in March, is a lifetime .271 hitter with eight home runs and 79 RBIs over parts of six big league seasons.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146