Have We Seen The Last Of Francisco Cervelli?

Where does the oft-injured now former catcher fit?

The Fan Morning Show
July 10, 2019 - 11:08 am
Francisco Cervelli

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- After several concussions and seemingly constant health issues, Francisco Cervelli told DK Pittsburgh Sports that he no longer plans to catch. 

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Cervelli hasn't played in a game since May 25th and even when he was in the lineup this year, he struggled to the tune of a .193 batting average and .526 OPS in 109 at-bats. 

The 33 year-old is still working his way back to the team after his latest concussion, but as The Fan Morning Show discussed today, will there be a spot for him when he's ready to play? 

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The guys tried to figure out bluntly: What's his use? 

Chris Mack said: "The conversation with Francisco Cervelli shouldn't be, 'Hey, are you willing to play right field or third base or second base occasionally?' The conversation should be, 'Hey, do you want to be a minor league manager? Or if you really want to be a part of the organization we can talk about an off-field role but we don't see a benefit of having you on the field right now.'" 

Jim Colony said: "You can't afford to put him on the roster. You can't. Even last year, Cervelli is hitting and Josh Bell isn't and you're thinking, 'Ok, when he gets an off-day maybe spot him there a few times.' Third base was a question mark even after this season had started and all of the sudden you've got Colin Moran who is one of the more clutch guys in the Pirates lineup so far this year. And you've got Kang to platoon against left-handed pitching. So, no there's no place for him." 

Even if the Pirates send him to AAA Indianapolis upon being cleared, do you really want to start him over top organizational prospects like Will Craig at 1B? Or Ke'Bryan Hayes at 3B? Or even Kevin Kramer at 2B? 

Colin Dunlap said simply: "The guy has played his last Major League game. If he's not going to catch anywhere...he's not as athletic as Russell Martin. He's not going to go play another position. He's not Biggio."

The guys concluded that the only way Francisco Cervelli remains a Pittsburgh Pirate at this point is to continue to stash him away on the injured list and let him take another role within the organization because he isn't worth the subsequent roster moves required to get him back on the field.

Do you agree? What do you think Cervelli's Pirates, and even MLB, future looks like? 

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